The Aborigines who've walked for 40,000 years | The Observer
Aborigines have handed down songs and legends about their lands for generations. Today they form an unbroken link to a mythical past – and a key to the future
The open landscape, the incomprehensible sweep of time, these men who have something none of the rest of us have, a continuous tie to songs, to stories, to art, to law, to a country and a path all going back at least 40,000 years. No other humans can claim this. It's difficult to believe that anything can pass down unchanged, though, for a thousand generations. Is that really possible? I also have trouble disengaging my modern critical mind.
Probably best not to disengage, stories like this need a healthy dose of scepticism. And quite what we are meant to learn from a culture that hasn't progressed in 40,000 years I'm not sure.