One of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Australia is our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We have a wonderful chance to celebrate some of the oldest living cultures in history by introducing children to indigenous stories.
A great place to start is to discover what language groups are of the land you have connections to. Let’s start with a few questions:
- Where do you live?
- Where do you go to school?
- Where were you born?
Follow this link and you’ll find a diverse range of maps of our different language groups. See if you and your child can find where you live and the corresponding language group.
Plenty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community companies are interested in sharing their culture and knowledge. In Sydney alone there are numerous companies that run tours that you can take part in as a family. Visit the city and its shores from a completely different perspective and learn about the rich history and culture that thrives there.
We can also use the beautiful environment that we live in. There are many children’s books written and illustrated from an Indigenous perspective about Australian animals, landscape and cultural stories. Many of our art galleries share our unique Indigenous art and the stories and history behind it.
As you start to explore the intricate cultures of our first nations, keep in mind that the stories and culture are significant to each language group.
Start exploring and enjoy the adventure of learning about Indigenous stories.
About this author: Russell Smith, Course Manager – Children and Young People, NIDA Open