Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year–Best Book for Language & Literacy Development Indigenous Children SHORTLISTED Children's Book Council of Australia Ardiyooloon is home to the Bardi Jaawi people and sits at the end...
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Magabala Books offer a great range of indigenous picture books suitable for various stages. Picture books are a blend of art and stories and children respond to those illustrations even if they can’t read. This particular picture book is called “Our World: Bardi Jaawi, Life at Ardiyooloon” by the students of One Arm Point Remote Community School. It describes the life of children in a remote indigenous community and how they are involved in outdoor activities like camping trips to sites around Ardiyooloon, with photographs of the children making oyster pancakes, catching monkey fish and exploring the reefs. This book adheres to the selection criteria for the evaluation of Aboriginal studies and Torres Strait Islander Studies (2012). Colourful illustrations are provided for children to get an understanding of the ways of life in this community like traditional ways of tracking, hunting and cooking, hunting with spears, travelling out in boats, collecting shellfish in the mangroves or using fish poison, the book describes how the fish are caught, from making the spear to the end result of cooking and sharing their catch. There is a section in the book that shows students how to build bough shelters, hunt crabs, turtles and dugong, make boomerangs etc.
To begin with teacher can have a discussion in the class about aboriginal people, their history, traditions etc simplified so as to suit an early stage 1 class. Teacher can then read the book to the class showing the illustrations and photographs, with specific mention to natural and built features in the environment shown in the picture book. Children can identify some of the features and with the help of teacher can even compare and contrast these features with the ones they see in their own environment. There are examples of people making boomerangs, earth oven, bough shelters, which would show children how built features are made by man using natural products.
There are a whole lot of activities that can be planned around this picture book like mapping the area on a large Australian map. Teacher can provide photographs of the features like beach, Sand, roads, buildings, township from the area described in the picture book along with the photographs of similar features from a familiar environment. Students, in groups, can sort out the photographs and put them on the area on map where they think it belongs. Children will get an opportunity to compare the two environments along with their natural and built features.
There is also a useful resource called “The Dreaming” by Sue Briggs and Bev Harvey that contains information about Aboriginal culture, simplified to be used in an early stage 1 class. It also provides relevant activities in the end that will help children to get a better understanding of the Aboriginal perspectives.
Board of Studies NSW, 2006, Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney, Australia: Board of Studies NSW.