Second generation Australian I live in this ancient land where the First Nation people are the world’s longest living civilization of sixty five thousand years. Their culture and history is deeply sacred yet barely documented. Research yields little, connection to the people and their land, gaining their trust so one can learn first hand.

Dreamtime and Songlines, artwork, healing and rich ceremonies were nearly wiped out by the invaders ignorance. I have no claim but respect their timeless wisdom. As a female subjugated to constant belittlement forges a heart link in my mind.

The government allocated ‘missions’ where they were raped and used as slaves, children stolen. These memories were left here with the trees, ghosts to haunt them for generations.

Some are so insecure that they need to denigrate others in order to feel superior. Tolerance and kindness have a more profound impact!

dVerse, prose 144 words, Memories with the Trees
photo is of Digby Moran, an internationally renowned local artist


    • didn’t include this shot in the latest post as our First Nation people tend not to use names or photos after death … but his family has given permission. Hence I could write about it 🙂

      Thanks sweet C, hugs to you and Coop 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Are these aborigines? If so, In my past experiences with the aboriginal people in the Outback , I have noted their ancient looking faces as a powerful message of timeless wisdom.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Excellent writing Kate ! Good use of the prompt line. Enjoyed reading this. Fascinating information on a interesting people. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Strangely, the more ‘civilised’ we have become, more parochial our views have become! There is enough room for all of us, yet we continue to be divided! Thank you for highlighting about the first nations people, Kate.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Yes, they do! What an important write, Kate! Thank you for sharing this! What you have written about touches so many countries.

    We must listen to each other and learn from each other. I wish those who don’t would open not only their ears, but, also, open their hearts, minds, arms, and hands.
    We’ve experienced the opposite of openness, respect, tolerance, and kindness…and it is horrible, and sad. 😦


    Liked by 1 person

    • now we must support them to reestablish it … they have managed to survive many climate changes including an ice age … we need to respect and learn


  5. There is more or less intolerance in every country. The sad fact is that one kills himself in the name of religion, for power, mineral wealth and the acquisition of new lands. There is no day without war, although we know the havoc it causes in man.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. A sad take! Same thing is happening in India and across the world. Where are the people who talks about human rights?? Couldn’t they see atrocities, rapes and butchering taking place everywhere in the world. Thousands of innocent man, women and children are being killed in the name of different cultures, color, religion etc everywhere in the world. Syria , Palestin and kashmir are the examples of such Heneious and barbaric act that that God Almighty will never forgive them.. Everybody will tatse the burning of hell.


  7. Hard to put into words how sad a tale this is. As you say, kindness is key to change. People are people, man or woman, child or adult. One is not lesser, nor is one greater. To be truly human is to accept that all of humanity matters.

    Liked by 1 person

    • well said Linda! The author of our prompt is a strong advocate for First Nations people in US so I wanted to follow that theme … we’ve all got so much room for improvement

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s