Dingoes and Dogs in Indigenous culture

The Noah Project

This is a re-post of a piece first published by the Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) who do some excellent work with dogs and people throughout the country.

It was originally published in February 2013 here.

There are many dog dreaming sites located around the Australian continent and each has its own and often interconnected story of creation and movement of the dingo through the country. Stories are told covering areas over thousands of kilometres and across different language groups.

Dingoes have been on the Australian continent for the past 4000 or so years. It is thought that they were brought to the mainland by Asian seafarers, with whom the Aboriginal people had extensive trade links.

During this time dingoes have been woven into the fabric of Aboriginal life, law and culture.

Little distinction is usually made between dingoes and more recently introduced dogs when…

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