Dharug for Darug - Sydney Aboriginal Language Site - Dharug dalang
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Dharag Language Resource
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives need to be embedded across the curriculum and taught in holistic and culturally appropriate manner so as to ensure that students develop a contextualised and meaningful understanding of the diversity and uniqueness of Indigenous cultures (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, pp. 387-388). It is recommended that studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives be localised; meaning that teaching and learning should be done in consultation with, and focus on, the local Indigenous community (Board of Studies NSW, 2008, p. 14). Localised learning in this way is meaningful for students and at the same time it demonstrates the diversity of experiences of Indigenous peoples and communities (Board of Studies NSW, 2008, p. 14). For this reason, I have chosen the ‘Dharug Dalang’ resource because the Greater Western Sydney region is situated on Dharug land.
Dharug Dalang is a website that explores the Dharug language using written words, audio and visuals. The site’s most impressive features include an interactive homepage which allows the user to listen to numerous Dharug words alongside a pictorial representation of the word, and a word list containing hundreds of Dharug words (most of which are linked to an audio accompaniment) and their English translation.
Using the selection criteria outlined in the Aboriginal Education K-12 Resource Guide I believe that this resource is suitable for use in a Primary classroom (NSW Department of Education and Training [NSW DET], 2003, pp. 15-17). Importantly, the website was created by local Dharug man, Uncle Richard Green in collaboration with the University of New South Wales and CITIES (Centre for Indigenous Technology - Information and Engineering Solutions). The website touches on the diversity of the Aboriginal peoples and cultures through its discussion of different language groups in the ‘language’ tab. Use of the website in conjunction an Aboriginal Languages Map and class discussions pertaining to the different Nations and language groups would further highlight the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and cultures. Due to the website’s authenticity, accuracy and Indigenous support I feel that this would be an appropriate resource to use in the Primary classroom, particularly when used in conjunction with other suitable resources and in collaboration with the local Dharug community (NSW DET, 2003, p. 17).
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Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (E.d.). (2011). Teaching society and its environment. South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.
New South Wales Department of Education and Training. (2003). Aboriginal Education k-12 resource guide. Sydney: Author.
New South Wales Department of Education and Training. (2003). Quality teaching in NSW public schools. Sydney: Professional Support and Curriculum Directorate.