Children's Books about Australian Indigenous Peoples
Deadly, Unna? has ratings and reviews. The two main characters in this book are two boys called Dumby Red and Blacky. . ACTUAL FUCKING RESPONSE AND NOT JUST A SHORT MEME OF A REPLY. regarding to relationships between Aboriginals and White Australians which fails on so many levels. In summary, the relationship between Blacky and his father was Blacky's Drastic Changes; More independent; Due to the death of Dumby. Deadly, Unna? is one year in the life of fourteen year-old Gary 'Blacky' Black. in his relationship with his siblings, and confident that he will be able to deal with the problems that Dumby lives out at 'the Point' with the Nungas, the Aborigi-.
His dad is an abusive alcoholic who styles himself a fisherman but doesn't know how to fish. The second oldest, Blacky's only talent seems to be coming up with nicknames, including his own. He's the second ruckman in the Port's under football team and almost never touches the ba Fifteen-year-old Gary Black is one of the numerous Black clan.
He's the second ruckman in the Port's under football team and almost never touches the ball, which is alright by him. But in the lead-up to the much-anticipated yearly Premiership, it's discovered that the first ruckman, an Aborigine called Carol, is really Carol's older brother Colin and is thus disqualified from playing.
Their coach, Mr Robinson - whom Blacky calls "Arks" because that's how he says "asks" and it gives Blacky a thrill to hear it - has no choice but to make Blacky the lead ruckman. The effect this has on Blacky is immediate. He feels like a sinking ship. The whole town wants the footy team to win and it all comes down to the ruckman - to Blacky. He can only watch with admiration the true stars of the team, the Aboriginal kids from the Nunga reserve at the Point.
The Aborigine players are the best on the field, only they don't really play by the rules - they don't play to win so much as play for the sheer joy of it.
Blacky watches one player in particular: A handsome kid with perfect white teeth, Dumby is vain but immensely talented. Despite the fact that playing on the footy team is the only thing they have in common, the two become friends.
But Blacky is at a crossroads. He's old enough to notice and recognise the inherent racism and bigotry he sees and hears all around him, but he's not yet old enough or educated enough to really understand it.
He still has a childlike innocence to his worldview, one that both shelters him from the worst of it and makes him a vulnerable target. Phillip Gwynne's novel, which was made into the movie Australian Rules a nice play-on-words therepops up on school reading lists across the country - and for good reason.
The book is not only a classic coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up in a small town experiencing financial downturn and trying to make sense of the world and his place in it; it also gently explores Australia's inherent racism towards the first inhabitants, the Aborigines.
It doesn't explicitly pass judgement, though it certainly takes a side; and it doesn't exactly explain anything, only provokes emotion and thought in readers - which is ideal. You will hear people make derogatory, stereotypical comments and statements that are highly offensive, but they are made with a kind of "you know what I mean" offhandedness, a matter-of-fact "everyone understands this" evenness that appals. It is the dismissive casual attitude with which the comments are made that truly offend and dismay because it makes it clear just how inherent and thoughtless such attitudes are.
Non-Aboriginal Australians can't say "white Australians" anymore because the irony is that it's a country of immigrants and it's only in outlying rural areas that you see a majority race - white - in effect have inherited an attitude of complete contempt towards the Aborigines, a ridiculous "I wash my hands of them" dismissiveness that implies that we tried in the first place.
The inhabitants of Gary Black's small town on the coast of South Australia are very typical of Australians at large. At times it's subtle; other times, blatant; but always casual. No one wastes much energy in doing anything about it. Everyone seems to think the same way, and anyone who disagrees - like possibly Blacky's mum - keeps their opinions to themselves. The idea that someone would speak up and denounce a person for making a racist comment is laughable. And of course, the kinds of things said about the Aborigines are things that white Australians are just as guilty of: When the white kids - Blacky and his friends - hear that a group of young Nungas are heading into town, they get all tense and antagonistic - a kind of inherited rivalry exists between them, something they've picked up on from their parents and other adults in the community, and imitate without really understanding just what they're perpetuating.
Usually the Nungas came into town, got their supplies and left again. But sometimes a mob would walk all the way from the Point. I'd heard them talking in the front bar about the good old days, about huge brawls down the jetty, Nungas against Goonyas.
But I'd never been in one. I wouldn't want to, either.
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Those Nungas were tough, much tougher than us. Fifteen, twenty, a lot.
A tribe of 'em. I could see them now, at the start of the jetty. They were mucking around with the ropes that went out to the dinghies. Colourful illustrations adorn this simple picture book. It was established in and many Aboriginal people were forced to live there in dormitories or camps.
Every aspect of their lives was controlled by the Government, including the provision of small amounts of food called rations. People would have to queue for hours at the Ration Shed to collect their food, which was very different from the traditional bush tucker that was hunted and gathered from the land — kangaroo, goanna, snake, fish, native fruits, plant roots and seeds. Instead, tea, sugar, rice, salt, flour and meat were given out on certain days but would run out quickly, leaving people hungry.
Inthe first Cherbourg Aboriginal Council was appointed. At the end of the book are personal stories from a few people who lived at the Settlement, a very informative Timeline, a Glossary and a hand-drawn map. Black and white drawings and photographs, all with painted borders. This is the story of the day Aunty Venus took the class to her favourite waterhole.
She showed them many interesting things, like the best spot to catch fish, and told of how she learned to talk to the rocks and water and show them respect.
She told of the day Mundagarra, the Rainbow Serpent, appeared in the waterhole before her and saved her from a teenage boy with a gun and a big King Brown snake.
The children learned they should not be too afraid of creatures like Mundagarra or the spirits of the rocks and water — if you show them respect they will look after you. Black and white illustrations throughout. Beautiful illustrations in a traditional Aboriginal style. Rose lives in the Top End in the Northern Territory. It is a complicated and skilled process, but there is so much sharing and warmth as they do their collecting, and this continues as they sit for days under the banyan tree making their colourful baskets and weavings.
The illustrations are strongly influenced by Aboriginal art but they are also strikingly original, especially in the design of the colourful pages and the use of collage. The text is simple but also very informative. There when it rains he plays outside, his mum weaves baskets from plants, and he goes out bush to collect paint for his father who is an artist. In the late s, Jandamarra worked for some time for white settlers and also the Police but as more and more of his people were captured in chains, he turned and led his people in a guerrilla like resistance against the intruders.
His ability to disappear into the many caves and crevices of the country round Windjana Gorge became legendary and even when wounded, he managed to escape numerous times leading to the belief that he had magical powers. When he was killed he was only Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton have worked closely with the Elders of the Bunuba people in telling this story. It is very pleasing that this story about a legendary Indigenous hero, so well known in the Kimberley and in Western Australia, will now be known by children and adults throughout Australia 7 — 12 years.
The Naked Boy and the Crocodile: These are stories written and illustrated by the students, describing their activities such as playing with friends, riding motorbikes, hunting for emu eggs and wild pigs, playing football, collecting berries, and a story about a crocodile with a preference for eating naked people.
The books were produced in sessions of 90 minutes or less by students for whom English is often a second or third language. All proceeds go the Indigenous Literacy Fund, which was set up to help get desperately-needed books and literacy resources into remote Indigenous communities in Australia. When a boy and his father go fishing in the alpine country, a clever little corroboree frog called Jet shows them how thoughtless people are threatening his home and family by trampling through their egg nests in the moss at the side of the pond and leaving their rubbish behind.
There is a double page spread of facts about the beautiful little corroboree frog at the end of the book. Numbat had two hearts; one that was like a feather, soft and kind-hearted, and the other like a stone, strong and tough, making Numbat feel very strong and brave. He seeks help from an Elder Numbat who tells him that both hearts are his true self; he is both kind-hearted and strong and brave. The illustrations are brilliantly coloured and strikingly beautiful.
This is an original story told in a traditional way. A frill-necked lizard on a big rock, a wallaby hopping through the scrub, a stingray in the lagoon, a crocodile hiding in the river!
The text of this strikingly illustrated book is in English and Anindilyakwa, an ancient Indigenous language that is still spoken today by the Warnindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt, which is in the Gulf of Carpentaria about kilometres from Darwin. The different animals that live on Groote Eylandt are also totems for the different clans that have cultural ties to the land.
There is a double page spread of biographical information about the author and artists at the end of the book. The book shows the activities that Ernie and his six Aboriginal friends like to do best during the very different seasons of the year. Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey worked with the staff and children of Mornington Peninsula State School to produce the text describing life on the island and the children did the stunning illustrations using crayons and a a wax-resist process which gives the illustrations a rich glossy effect.
Very appealing for younger readers. Jimmy is amazed when he is told that Walmajarri land is Vacant Crown Land and therefore really belongs to the Queen. Just the right amount of tongue in cheek irreverence.
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The children went to school but it was when they went bush that they learnt about plants, animals, country and their Dreaming stories. It is an A — Z of Australian animals but it also cleverly introduces a marvelous array of words such as squeal with happiness, shout with joy and chirp with surprise as Anteater tempts each animal to come and see the amazing thing she has.
The delightful surprise is that the amazing thing is a book! KS 3 — 7 years Where Is Galah? With bright fun pictures and a wonderful story about Australian animals. This is a finding book, Galah is playing hide-and-seek with his friend Dingo, and can be found by readers hiding on every page. Preschoolers will enjoy the repetition and rhythm of the appealing text with its accumulating rhythmic climax.
Delightful free-flowing illustrations by Dee Huxley show families and life in northern indigenous communities.
However, life is very different for the two young Aboriginal boys who are at ease in the old and new cultures. They were told so that some Aboriginal children would come to understand their land, their people and their beginnings.
These are lively traditional tales of the Wongutha people of Western Australia. It is wonderfully refreshing to read an account from the Aboriginal viewpoint in such an innovative collage format, vibrant with drawings, paintings, maps and painted photographs. It is a surprise when we see the last illustration in the book of the two boys going along a bush path hat Raf is in a wheelchair while Jack is walking.
When three young boys go into a pizza shop they are amazed that the man making the pizzas is an Aboriginal man who then proceeds to tell them about pizzas and also Aboriginal stories and song and dance.
In simple terms he describes the culture of his people and the absolute importance of the land and wildlife. The spiritual significance of these words is given extra meaning through the use of black-and-white photos showing Aboriginal people hunting, playing and gathered together in the early s, and also through modern-day coloured photographs showing the land at Uluru today.
The other animals worked out that in order to get the water they needed to make Tiddalick laugh. With each letter in this alphabet book there is a short text which gives us vivid images of events such as racing Billycarts, of being chased by Emus or of picking Quandongs. It describes a young boy swinging upside down on the bars in a playground when a green tree snake slides across and makes off with the apple he has left on the ground.
The boy has no idea what has happened to his apple! The illustrations are bold in their composition and use of colour. Bennelong, a young Aboriginal man, was a popular and respected member of the Eora people. This is the story of their unlikely friendship, with Bennelong acting as a kind of ambassador helping to smooth relationships between the British and Aboriginal people.
This fascinating story is illustrated using artwork which has been hand-painted onto ceramic tiles.
He goes to kindergarten and loves to swim in the waterhole with his cousins, brothers and sisters. The text is very simply written but, with the evocative illustrations, gives a vivid picture of his busy and happy life in his Aboriginal community. It is regarded as a classic and is part-fantasy, part history and through the friendship of two girls reveals terrible secrets of the relations between early settlers and the Indigenous peoples. Although the bird speaks in riddles, Sadie comes to understand that it is she who holds the key to a past mystery, and when she is repeatedly spun back through time to witness a terrible crime, things start to fall into place.
Set against a backdrop of prejudice and past injustices, and steeped in Indigenous lore, this is also a story about family and friendships. Surgeon John White defies convention when he adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy who he manages to save from smallpox.
He raises Nanberry alongside his white son, Andrew. The story is told from five quite different points of view in short, dated chapters, giving the reader personal perspectives of life in this period.
Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne
It tells the story of how a young boy and a dog from an island to the north of Australia get blown off course while in a canoe and end up in northern Australia where they learn to survive in this strange new land. The story is told in alternate chapters from the point of view of the boy, Loa, and of the Dog, 9 — 15 years KS Birrung: Set in Sydney Cove inten year old Barney arrived in Port Jackson on a convict ship with his Ma, who died a year later.
Struggling to survive in the harsh new colony, good fortune comes his way when he is taken into the family of the clergyman, Mr Johnson.