12 Canoes is a broadband website presenting, in an artistic, cultural and educational context, the stories, art and environment of the Yolngu people who live around the Arafura swamp in north-eastern Arnhem Land.
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Twelve Canoes offers an Aboriginal perspective on family, culture and even ways of life. Specifically they talk about how everyone is related, so their father's brothers are the same closeness as their father, similarly for their grandfathers and mothers etc. In this capacity the notion of family is different to many "western" Australian families, which may consist of only their immediate family. In this Aboriginal culture, everyone looks after everyone else as if they were family, there is a much bigger community focus than the western system which is typically immediate family, or even simply ego centric. The content of the website is simple enough to be accessible to advanced children in the stage 1 syllabus, however may be too difficult for the lower stage 1 children to understand. More importantly I would suggest that the teacher watches this video, makes a summary or information into a worksheet, and allow the children to take their time since the content is quite difficult.
The benefit of this website is it does provide a video to go with the narration which makes it much easier to follow than a block of text and will appeal to more hands on learners. In the section of the website that has a video on kinship they refer to who their fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers are etc. Which again could be the source of a brief activity for the children, simply in having them write down who lives with them in the household and how that compares to the Aboriginal story, or to the other children in the class. This will give an understanding, like many of the other resources, that not all families are the same just these differences are not incorrect or wrong, they simply are present which will hopefully lead to more multiculturally aware children as they develop to the later stages of learning