Dreamtime Story - How The Birds Got Their Colours and Songs

How the Birds Got Their Colours and Songs

This particular Aboriginal Dreamtime Story is from the Western Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Australian Aboriginals believe that there are two forms of time. The first relates to the daily activity, and the second is an infinite spiritual belief called the "dreamtime". 

The dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal culture and society. It is believed that some people who posses unusual spiritual powers can have contact with the dreamtime.

It can get a little confusing because the word "Dreaming" is also used in reference to someones beliefs and  spirituality. As an example, an Australian Aboriginal might say that they have Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings connected to their "country". "Country" is the traditional lands of a particular family group.

However, "The Dreaming" can also be used to refer to the creation time. To make it a little clearer, "The Dreaming" was the time of creation, and The Dreamtime set out the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people. 

There are many variations of Aboriginal Dreaming stories throughout Australia that run along the lines of the same theme. The purpose of Dreamtime stories is to teach young children the necessary skills to survive on the land, and to abide by the lessons learned from their forefathers in combination with the cultural laws of their society. 

There are many, many Dreamtime stories which cover a vast range of themes and topics. Some of them include how sacred places were created; how geographical features of the land were formed; people; animal behaviour and plant species; Aboriginal law, customs and culture. 


  1. This is amazing. My 7-year old son is now curious about Aboriginal Dreamtime videos and frequents Youtube to find and watch your videos.

    Aboriginal Dreamtime presents a whole new world for him (and for me). You're an amazing story-teller as well.

  2. Really interesting resource, thank you.

  3. Really interesting blog and an inspiration. Thank you!