continuing parade 28/today's aboriginal story / by Philip Tarlow

here's where parade 28 is at as i leave for our alamosa meetings. i'll continue tomorrow morning. the wind is howling, the temperature dropping, and we may get 3-5 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow. we'll see what the conditions are for the drive to and from alamosa, which is 50 miles south.

10am update: this morning before meditating, i opened a book of photographs of the island of andros by the late andreas embirikos, a great greek surrealist poet and photographer who was a dear friend. my physiology is such that i absorb what i'm exposed to like a sponge. so i have to watch out what i'm exposing myself to. this morning's choice to start down memory lane (i spent lots of time on andros, as you will discover if you read my "story" page), was a mistake.

the photographs sent me down the rabbit hole, and it wasn't where i needed to be just before heading to my studio.

so i closed that book and opened burnum burnum's aboriginal australia instead. i opened at random to this story of the creation of goanna headland. strong images of our time with the pitjantjatjara tribal elders flooded in; right where i wanted to be before heading over to the studio, and where i still am as i write this. notice that the point of the story was to prevent the snake from tormenting a bird. sweet.

aborigines first appeared in australia 40,000 years ago. you read that right: 40,000 years. stories that are part of aboriginal dream time always involve the land and the creatures that inhabit it. if you are fortunate to be guided by an elder of the tribe, as we were, you will soon understand that every inch of the vast australian outback has been "sung." there are songs and stories for every rock, every cave, every body of water. 

i'm about to continue work on parade 28. above is a detail of the work i did yesterday....updates as they become available. it's a short day, as we need to leave mid afternoon for alamosa for actionlab meetings.