Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories, Story by Dick Roughsey, Narrration by David Gulpilil, Soundtrack by Andrew Vial Photographed and edited by Alexander Cochran, A...
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The ways in which Aboriginal people relate to and care for the land are heavily influenced by an intricate system of spiritual beliefs known as the Dreamtime. An understanding of the Dreamtime is thus necessary to recognise the importance of the land for Aboriginal people and appreciate how it provides them with a sense of belonging. In the above Youtube clip, David Gulpilil narrates Dick Roughsey’s interpretation of “The Rainbow Serpent”, one of the most spiritually significant Dreamtime stories. The book recounts the tale of a great snake called Goorialla, who covered a flat and barren land with hills, mountains, animals, trees, creeks and rivers.
As Watts (2005) contends, art offers “valuable lessons, both practical and philosophical, that other subjects cannot provide.” To help students acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the story, have them produce a pictorial depiction of how the Earth was transformed by the Rainbow Serpent’s journey. This could take the form of a before and after picture created using crayons or paint and accompanied by some of the descriptive words and phrases that were heard in the video. To assess their understanding of the content, ask students to discuss what they have drawn and explain how they have depicted the transformation of the country by the Rainbow Serpent.
Watts, R. (2005) Attitudes to Making Art in the Primary School. International Journal of Art & Design Education. 24 (3), 243–253.