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    Our Top Five Bilby Resources

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    Our Top Resources to Support Educators in Teaching About Biodiversity

    Our Top Resources to Support Educators in Teaching About Biodiversity
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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Heroes

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    Our Top Books About Male Role Models

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    Our Top Lockdown Reads for Educators

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    Educator Yarns Waitlist

    Educator Yarns Waitlist
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    Educator Yarns is a collection of relatable stories from the heart of our profession. This sharing aims to build educators cultural confidence and capability, equipping one to approach the inclusion...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 19: Interview with Rebecca Burch

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 19: Interview with Rebecca Burch
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    In this episode of Educator Yarns, Jessica Speaks with Rebecca Burch, educator and leader at Pottsville Community Preschool located on the Bundjalung Nation, Tweed Shire, Northern NSW. Rebecca discusses her...

    Aboriginal Protocols

    Aboriginal Protocols
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    The Koori Curriculum are often asked by educators for a list of the do’s and don’ts in relation to Aboriginal programs. However, due to the diversity of First Nations peoples...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 18: Interview with Cecelia Wright

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 18: Interview with Cecelia Wright
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    Today on The Educator Yarns, Jessica speaks with Cecelia Wright, Kaurareg woman, of Thursday Island, owner of Cultural Inclusion, about her work sharing and educating others about the lives and...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 17: Interview with Nicky Hellberg-Smith

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 17: Interview with Nicky Hellberg-Smith
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    On The Educator Yarns today, Jessica speaks with New Zealand educator Nicky and her experiences as a linguist and sign language interpreter within the Australian education system and Aboriginal communities...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 16: Interview with Cathy Hope

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 16: Interview with Cathy Hope
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    Today’s Guest on The Educator Yarns is Primary School Teacher and Author Cathy Hope to talk about her work and study into string figures and string games. Drawing upon her...

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Uncle Jack Charles

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Uncle Jack Charles
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    Uncle Jack Charles was born to a Wiradjuri father and a Bunurong mother in an aboriginal reserve on the Murray river. His great-great-grandfather was among the activists who resisted government policy in Victoria in 1881.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Nayuka Gorrie

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Nayuka Gorrie
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    “Despite attempts to kill us off, assimilate us, we are still here. This truth is a thorn in the colonial side. As our physical human form persists, our land and...

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Vernon Ah Kee

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Vernon Ah Kee
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    Vernon Ah Kee, born in 1967, is an Australian award-winning artist and founding member of ProppaNOW. His art focuses on Aboriginal Australian identity and its place within a modern Australian framework.Ah...

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Miranda Tapsell

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Miranda Tapsell
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     “I had some very influential women in my life, both in my career and in my personal life. My mother, my aunties on both Mum and Dad’s sides, and my...

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Mo’Ju

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Mo’Ju
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    Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, known professionally as Mo'Ju, is an ARIA nominated Australian musician, best-known for her 2018 album Native Tongue and the lead single of the same title. The single won the Best Independent Single category in the 2019 AIR Awards. She is a singer-songwriter who has created music in a number of genres.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist - Chico Monks

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist - Chico Monks
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    Chico Monks  1978-2019 Chico Monks is a Post-war & Contemporary artist. His work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums. He is from a family of artists...

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Baker Boy

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Baker Boy
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    Danzal Baker was born in Darwin and grew up in the Arnhem Land communities of Milingimbi and Maningrida. His totem is the olive python his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin name is Burralung. He developed his love...

    How do we use Aboriginal art?

    How do we use Aboriginal art?
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    How do we use Aboriginal art and items from Aboriginal culture in our services? Are we being respectful of the pieces we may have acquired and are we aware of the deep connection between art and country, identity and belonging for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?

    Ways to include Aboriginal Art

    Ways to include Aboriginal Art
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    When considering ways to engage and expose children to Aboriginal art there are two main ways that I like to explore.

    The Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Aboriginal Art

    The Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Aboriginal Art
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    Many early childhood educators experience extreme anxiety when it comes to including Aboriginal perspectives in their program. Additionally, Aboriginal art seems to be a highly controversial subject of which there is lots of conflicting advice.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Adam Briggs

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Adam Briggs
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    Adam Briggs was born on the 28th of August 1986, growing up in Shepparton, Victoria.  He performs as Briggs and describes himself as Senator Briggs although he is not actually a member of Parliament.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Steven Oliver

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Steven Oliver
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    Born in Cloncurry, Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kukuyalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples.

    He trained as a dancer, actor and singer in the Aboriginal Music Theatre Training Program and at WAAPA. He is also a performance poet.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Cyndy Newman

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Cyndy Newman
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    Cyndy Newman Kalare Woman of Wiradjuri Country Griffith and Condobolin is an artist, early childhood teacher and found of Fb Group Indigenous Perspectives in Early Childhood.

    Questions from the Koori Curriculum Educator Community About Art Answered

    Questions from the Koori Curriculum Educator Community About Art Answered
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      1) Is it appropriate to display Aboriginal art that inspires children to draw their own interpretations? To respectfully display Aboriginal art educators must: Have bought the artwork they are...

    Illustrations as Springboards For Learning

    Illustrations as Springboards For Learning
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    Illustrations created by Aboriginal artists can serve as great provocations for discussion and learning. Here are some ideas of how we can extend upon and deepen children’s interactions with illustrations.

    Top 5 Aboriginal Illustrators

    Top 5 Aboriginal Illustrators
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    Illustrations in Aboriginal children’s books are a fantastic way to bring Aboriginal art into ones classroom. I personally adore the works of many Aboriginal illustrators it’s hard to pick my top ten. However, I have done my best and tried to pick a diverse range of art styles.

    Contemporary Aboriginal music is cultural knowledge

    Contemporary Aboriginal music is cultural knowledge
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    Contemporary Aboriginal music can be a safe and approachable common ground for non-indigenous people to learn about Aboriginal culture, and share in public conversations about what Australia has been and could become.

    Aboriginal art as a form of valid cultural knowledge

    Aboriginal art as a form of valid cultural knowledge
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    Aboriginal art is never merely decoration, it is linked into a culture that is threatened and complex. It preserves and sustains that culture, and expresses it to modern Australia.

    Can non-Indigenous people do Aboriginal art?

    Can non-Indigenous people do Aboriginal art?
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    The short answer to this one, is no, you can’t. Many artists and art critics believe that all art is derivative – that it is it builds on or is copied from another source. When you were in school you may have been asked to do a copy of a famous artwork such as Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or asked to do a painting in the style of an artist such as Picasso or Matisse. Art is often built on what previous artists have created.

    What do we do with what art does?

    What do we do with what art does?
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    Rather than asking: “What is art?” I like to ask: “What does art do?” And: “What do we do with what art does?”. You can rad more about these questions in my book ‘Becoming With Art in Early Childhood (2018).

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Saretta Fielding

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Saretta Fielding
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    Saretta Fielding is Wonnarua Woman with strong connections to the Hunter Valley in NSW. The beautiful Lake Macquarie, surrounding bushlands, Watagan Mountains and the beaches have inspired each and every one of Sarettas Art Works.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists Series - Merindahs

    Deadly Aboriginal Artists Series - Merindahs
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    Merindah Funnell is a proud Wiradjuri artist, a freelance illustrator, who also works at the MCA as an artist educator in the National Centre for Creative Learning. Working as a street artist with various city councils, festivals and schools to create large scale murals she has gained international recognition.

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Kiya Watt

    Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Kiya Watt
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    About Kiya Watt Kiya is a Menang Gnudju Noongar artist located in Albany WA. She has been painting for around 4 years now and is well known for her creativity...

    Deadly Artists Series - Garry Purchase

    Deadly Artists Series - Garry Purchase
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    Deadly Aboriginal Artists Interview with Garry Purchase Q: How old were you when you started painting? I first picked up a paintbrush in 2013 when was 35. I’d walked through...

    ANZAC Day and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

    ANZAC Day and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
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    Did you know that over 800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers served in the First World War? And around 3,000 in WWII? Some even served in the Boer War!...

    Free the Flag

    Free the Flag
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    In 1971, Harold Thomas, a Luritja man of Central Australia, the first Aboriginal person to graduate from an art school in Australia, designed the Australian flag.

    In 2019 Aboriginal people first became aware that they would have to fight to “free the flag” as it’s use is protected under copyright law.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Black Santa Claus!

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Black Santa Claus!
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    Did you know that NSW had its very own Black Santa for over 30 years? Aboriginal children who lived in the western part of NSW in places like Wellington, Dubbo,...

    The dark side of well intentioned Aboriginal ‘art’

    The dark side of well intentioned Aboriginal ‘art’
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    In recent years with the rise of social media as the inspiration for ‘art’ in early childhood, some of this sophistication has been clouded by quick and easy crafty ideas that are not informed by early childhood practice or research. 

    What do you really know about dot painting?

    What do you really know about dot painting?
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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art always needs to be sensitively treated by educators. It should always be attributed to the artists, and accompanied by Indigenous voices to explain it,...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 15: Interview with Rhiannon and Kelly

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 15: Interview with Rhiannon and Kelly
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    Today Jessica speaks with Kelly and Rhi, about their work in  embedding Aboriginal pedagogy within their practice with children who have additional learning needs Drawing upon their own lives, family...

    Koori Curriculum Club 2022 Waitlist

    Koori Curriculum Club 2022 Waitlist
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    The Koori Curriculum Club is an online community for educators to build their cultural capacity and confidence. Each month will bring new content across a range of topics that will inspire educators...

    NAIDOC 2021 Free PDF Resource

    NAIDOC 2021 Free PDF Resource
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    The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is “Heal Country”. Here is a snippet from the NAIDOC Week website sharing more about the significance of the theme. “Heal Country, heal...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 14: Interview with Eliza Lee

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 14: Interview with Eliza Lee
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    On Educator Yarns today Jessica speaks with Eliza, an educator working with under threes on Wurundjeri country in the Yarra Valley Eliza speaks specifically about how she began her journey...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 13: Interview with Anne Marie

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 13: Interview with Anne Marie
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    In this episode of Educator Yarns, Jess speaks with Anne Marie about her career in Early Childhood and the importance of building relationships when embedding Aboriginal perspectives in curriculums. Anne...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 12: Interview with Cassie Davis

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 12: Interview with Cassie Davis
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    Today on Educator Yarns Jessica speaks with Cassie Davis from Penrose Kindergarten Tarneit, Melbourne. Part of the Wyndham City Council of the Kulin Nations. Cassie talks about how her trip...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 11: Interview with Linda Price

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 11: Interview with Linda Price
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    Today on Educator Yarns Jessica is joined by Linda Price from Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre on Taungurung land in Victoria Linda reflects on how drawing upon her own passion and...

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 10: Interview with Cath Gillespie

    Educator Yarns Season 2 Episode 10: Interview with Cath Gillespie
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    Today on Educator Yarns Jess speaks with Bandjalang resident Cath Gillespie, educator and Director at Evans Head Preschool. Cath discusses the efforts that are made within the centre to allow...

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