Dingoes have been on the Australian continent for the past 4000 or so years. It is thought that they were brought to the mainland by Asian seafarers, with whom the Aboriginal people had extensive trade links. During this time dingoes have been woven into the fabric of Aboriginal life, law and culture. Little distinction is usually made between dingoes and more recently introduced dogs when applying Indigenous beliefs and law.
Aboriginal people in contemporary society own dogs for a variety of reasons. They serve in the role of:
Dingoes, and now to some extent dogs, are regarded as sacred animals. They are incorporated into Aboriginal society via:
For more information about Dogs and Dingoes in Indigenous culture see Conducting Dog Health Programs in Indigenous Communities: A Veterinary Guide.