Aboriginal Art Dreaming Stories - The Seven Sisters
Long ago in the Dreaming there were seven sisters who were foraging for food in the bush when they came across two hunters from a different skin group. They invited the men to share their food and drink but gradually realized that they had more amorous intentions. The sisters, who did not want to break the traditional laws that forbade romantic relationships with other skin groups, fled their camp with the men in hot pursuit.
The Ancestral Spirits, who saw what was happening, saved the sisters' honour by lifting them into the sky where they assumed the form of the stars that we know as the Pleiades. Now at night in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, you can see the Seven Sisters fleeing across the sky, still pursued but never to be caught by the two hunters.
The Pleiades (Seven Sisters)
The story of the 'The Seven Sisters' is a popular Dreaming that occurs in various forms in different Aboriginal language groups. It uses the group of stars known as 'The Pleiades' as a metaphor to illustrate traditional marriage laws and the protection and power of ancestral spirits. The Pleiades star cluster has inspired similar stories that appear in Native American, Hindu and Ancient Greek mythology .