Tradition and culture
"The Rainbow Serpent (creator) is central to Aboriginal culture, encompassing all laws, customs, and correct behaviour in accordance with a person's place in society. The serpent is depicted as being broken in places, portraying culture that has become fragmented or forgotten with time and the distractions of Western Society. For us to remain strong in spirit and body, we must remember our traditions and cultural values, respecting ourselves and others. We must remember the ways of our ancestors that held them together for over 40,000 years. The white roundels represent the communities and meeting places of our people. Footprints represent the mobility of our people and show how easily an infected person can carry the AIDS virus from place to place. However, we can use this same mobility to our advantage, by spreading the word on safe sex practices and healthy life styles. With a new awakening and pride in our past, we can take on the responsibilities of our ancestors, and face the future with strength, knowledge and love. Together we can fight HIV/AIDS for the good of our race - the human race."
Painting of a broken serpent.
AIDS Education Collection
Brisbane North Regional Health Authority, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AIDS Unit
67.0cm x 46.0cm
University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation
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