Thursday, 10 October 2013

More thoughts on images and writing

In traveling in Canada, First Nations stories can be seen. As in Australia, Canadian First Nations people describe their languages as oral languages.

While visiting a First Nations Cultural Center in Whistler, I was told it is only in the last 40  years the Canadian First Nations oral languages have started to be written down. Often though there is not a direct written correlation with the oral sound.  

However, there is evidence all around us that both Canadian and Australian Aborigines have used images to convey messages. Dance and totems have also been used to convey messages in different ways.

Look at the images below from the First Nations Cultural Center. What could they mean? 

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