Activity 5

Book club corner

Here’s a list of Dreamtime stories that explain the creation of different natural elements and animals.

How the moon came to be
How the sun came to be
Why the Emu has Short Wings and the Native Companion a Harsh Voice
The Rainbow Serpent
Toonkoo and Ngaardi
How the stars were made: Rolla‑Mano and the Evening Star

W.J. Thomas, Some Myths and Legends
of the Australian Aborigines, 1923.
W.J. Thomas, Some Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines, 1923.
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Pick one tale and read it online.

Prepare a short summary of your tale.

▬ Books Selection ▬

  • Aboriginal Stories of Australia, A.W. Reed, 1983.
  • Australian Legendary Tales, Dreaming stories from the oral tradition of the Aboriginal people, collected from various tribes by K. Langloh Parker, 1896.
  • More Australian Legendary Tales, K. Langloh Parker, 1898.
  • Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara), 1996.
  • Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, Anita Heiss, 2018.

Let's learn!

Spelling bee contest

In turns, ask your classmate to spell words from the unit. You can start with the following: Dreaming, tale, stars, rainbow, Aboriginal, character, dreamtime, story, moon, native, Indigenous, creature.

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about other tales.

Get in a group with classmates who picked different tales and share your findings. Present your tale and and take notes.

Over to you!

Write your own Dreamtime mini-story

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 4
Activity 5

Choose a character from an aboriginal tale you just read and create a mini Dreamtime story. The character you pick will be the main protagonist (80-100 words).

Gamer, by Mark Neveldine, 2009.

Culture note

Aboriginal tales are generally composed of specific elements, find them in your tale.

- Dreaming creatures / animals / characters;
- Natural elements (hills, mountains, rivers, etc.);
- A “dark” passage (about death or something violent, sad, etc.);
- A sense of morale (punishment for those who act wrong, consequences to bad actions);
- The appearance or creation of something thanks to a supernatural, magical or improbable explanation.
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