Walkabout

Walkabout: A walkabout is the rite of passage journey for adolescent Aborigines of Australia. This trek can last as long as six months in which the traveler is without the aid of compass or radio and may travel over 1000 miles! During this passage they trace their ancestor’s paths, or the “songlines”. Songlines are the paths across the land and sky that were left by the creator. These songlines were often recorded in songs, stories, dance, and paintings and passed down from generation to generation. The traveler uses these songlines by repeating the words of the song in a chant. With the useage of songlines, the aborignies have traveled throughout the deserts and bush of Australia for hundreds of years.

Here is a link to view pictures of Australia’s Aborigines and their tradition of the walkabout.

http://my-facts-about-australia.blogspot.com/2009/04/aborigines-in-australia.html

Sources:

http://www.audioenglish.net/dictionary/walkabout.htm

http://my-facts-about-australia.blogspot.com/2009/04/aborigines-in-australia.html

http://www.november.org/razorwire/rzold/03/0313.html

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