The Aborigines are the original native inhabitants of Australia. Their very strong belief system is based on the concept of “Dreamtime.” In Aboriginal beliefs dreaming is the story of creation. In this belief “the ancestors” are mythic beings that most commonly appear as serpents. Some of the primary ancestors inclue the Rainbow Serpent whic is a major ancestral being as well well Baiame the Creator and Sky God and Bunjil the eagle also a Creator God. While each Aboriginal group will have varying belief structures in the Dreamtime concept the basic background seems to stay the same.
Aborigines also have a strong belief and respect in the land around them. They consider the land the ultimate provider. each Aborigine group has a land territory which they feel they belong to. They live off the land and are excellent hunters and trackers.
While many Aborigines have begun to embrace the non-traditional ways others still continue to live in their tribes and follow the beliefs of the original ancestors. There are still approximately 200 Aboriginal groups or tribes living throughout Australia, the largest of them is the Pitjantjatjara tribe who live in the area around Ayers Rock and continue to follow the Dreamtime as it has always been.