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McRae, Tommy, approximately 1836-1901, Aboriginal family hunting goanna, Wahgunyah Region, Victoria, 1881 nla.obj-153003497
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The Ngunnawal people and their dreamtime stories
I am a teacher looking for books on the Ngunnawal people and their dreamtime stories for a class project. Where can I find stories suitable for lower secondary students?
1. Starting with the National Library Catalogue, we can find Stories of the Ngunnawal by Carl Brown, a book of seven stories by Ngunnawal Elders living in the ACT area. This book gives some history of the Ngunnawal, told in the first person by the elders.
2. Using an AustLit search with 'Ngunnawal' as a keyword, we can find several items. Under the 'Filter works' menu, we can select 'Genre', then 'indigenous story'. Some possible items are shown:
While these stories may not all be suitable for the age group, they could be a good starting point.
3. There are also some other items of interest found in AustLit:
Queen of Ngunawal by Don Bell, in There is no Mystery! : An Artistic Response to Weereewa / Lake George 1999 (pp.45-46)
Morgan, Sally and Kwaymullina, Ezekiel, Sam's Bush Journey, Surry Hills, N.S.W. : Little Hare Books, 2009
Sam is a young boy who like most young boys of this generation loves computers, DVDs, iPods and iPhones. He hates the Australian bush and the outdoors. Sam would be happy if it all disappeared. Then he goes to stay with his Nanna who LOVES the outdoors and going for long walks in the bush. For primary school age.