happy to be me – Picture Book - Tucker
|Scooped by Aaron Jolley|
The picture book ‘Tucker’ by Wendy Notley explores the relationship that Indigenous Australians have with the land and the resources that they have collected and used from the land for over thousands of years. It explains that tucker was hunted and collected from the land rather than buying it from the shops that we have nowadays, but some Indigenous communities or ‘mobs’ go out to the bush on weekends and hunt for their food, upholding the traditions and way of life that has existed for over thousands of years.
The book is written by an Indigenous author and illustrated by Indigenous artist, bringing an authenticity and deeper meaning and understanding to the words and images throughout the book. This is important as many resources written and produced about Aboriginal people and their cultures in the past “contained inaccurate, negative and stereotyped information…. and were written by non-Aboriginal people, without consultation with Aboriginal people” (NSW Department of Education and Training, 2003, p.9). Therefore, teachers need to take a “discerning and considered approach, and be aware of cultural bias and stereotypes” (NSW Department of Education and Training, 2003, p.9).
The book is visually stunning and provides students with an engaging way to learn about Indigenous Australian’s relationship with resources and products over time. A glossary containing both word meanings and picture meanings is provided to allow both teachers and students to clarify the meaning of any Indigenous words (e.g. Barra, Koori, nosh) and pictures (e.g. goanna, fish, berries). The inclusion of Aboriginal content across the curriculum has led many educators to recognise the “value of including Aboriginal people in their planning and teaching” (NSW Board of Studies, 2008, p.9) and therefore, future lessons on this topic could involve Indigenous community members teaching students more Indigenous language and traditions.
NSW Board of Studies (2008). Working with Aboriginal communities: A guide to community consultation and protocols. Retrieved from
NSW Department of Education and Training (2003). Aboriginal Education K–12 resource guide. Retrieved from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/aboriginalresourceguide.pdf