12 Beautifully Animated Stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime
November 26, 2009 10:23 PM   Subscribe

Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated Aboriginal Australian dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land. The themes of these stories tell tales of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law. Each story comes with descriptions on its history, what the story means and the text of the original story as told by local story tellers. Be sure to check out the downloads section for free desktop wallpapers and MP3 bonus tracks.
posted by Effigy2000 (13 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Also, the stories are at the top of that page, for anyone who may be confused.
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:32 PM on November 26, 2009 [3 favorites]

These are wonderful. I loved Whirlpool.
Just the treat i needed. thanks
posted by quazichimp at 11:18 PM on November 26, 2009

Fascinating stuff. I was especially interested to find this early "dingos ate my baby" story. Creepy take on the rainbow, too.

Eventually a rainbow came out - the dog had smelled the mother and the new baby in the river where they washed, it came to the hut to look for the baby, then it morphed into a huge rainbow. The dog-rainbow (serpent) ate the Wagalak sisters and their baby.
posted by irisclara at 12:37 AM on November 27, 2009

These are really well-presented, thoughtful pieces.

I'm a little frustrated that the Bible, Talmud, and Quran aren't accompanied by similar allegorical study guides. Adherents to related religions might get the wrong idea...!
posted by Graygorey at 12:53 AM on November 27, 2009

Those were brilliant. Thank you.
posted by geek anachronism at 1:03 AM on November 27, 2009

These are totally cool. Thanks!
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:27 AM on November 27, 2009

I get some kind of weird culture shock when I think about downloading aboriginal dreamtime stories as desktop wallpaper, but that's probably just me. If the cavemen of Lascaux were alive today, they'd most likely be painting wallpaper cave art on their desktops.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:11 AM on November 27, 2009 [1 favorite]

Beautiful work, thanks.
posted by Abiezer at 4:43 AM on November 27, 2009

What a treat! Thank you.
posted by bibliowench at 7:05 AM on November 27, 2009

Thank you for the link!
posted by RobHoi at 12:31 PM on November 27, 2009

Great find; ta.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:52 PM on November 27, 2009

good work! thanks!
posted by HuronBob at 1:46 PM on November 27, 2009

This is tremendous. "Spear" reminds me of the art direction in Samurai Jack, although that show was never as inspired.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:59 PM on November 27, 2009

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