15th - 18th November 2016
The Goanna! What a creature! Can walk right up walls (very spiderman-like), spends his days lazing around sunning away on a hot rock. Lucky thing! We explored the Goanna through 2 different dreamtime stories. “Goanna and his Stripes” which explained the mystery behind the goanna’s wonderfully patterned skin. And “Giruwu the Goanna” (via YouTube) a dreamtime story which explores how the water came to be on Giruwu land. The moral of this story centres around the importance of sharing. Dreamtime stories have been very useful in exploring the children to indigenous culture while also focusing on a variety of Australian animals. As we watch or listen to these stories I explain to the children the way Aboriginal people use these stories to explain their beliefs, and that many people have very different beliefs. Indigenous stories are very unique and we are thankful to Aboriginal people for passing on and recording these stories which allows for us to use them today.