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All users of this publication should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film, illustration or the hearing of their voice in recordings may cause sadness and distress and in some cases may cause offence.

This publication contains images, perceptions, reflections and recollections of people who may be deceased. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users of this publication are cautioned that the work contains life stories of many Aboriginal men and women who have made great contributions to their people and their country and as such the story of Aboriginal Australia could not be told without recognising their achievements.

Indij Readers Ltd (Indij Readers) is a unique and innovative Aboriginal charity, registered in the not-for-profit sector. Indij Readers is listed on the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations and as such donations to Indij Readers are fully tax deductible. The company works in partnership with Aboriginal people, Aboriginal communities, organisations, agencies, non- government agencies and organisations, and education and learning institutions in the development of both traditional and contemporary story.

Indij Readers has produced a collection of books, which can be used in the classroom for literacy acquisition, exploring Aboriginal cultural and assisting with the implementation of Aboriginal perspectives across the Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) of the curriculum. To assist in supporting the use of books in a classroom setting Indij Readers has developed teachers’ guides to accompany the titles, as well as an audio CD and DVD film.

Reading opens doors, doors to information about all sorts of subject matter, the reader learns about people and places, improving their understanding of and concern for all humanity. This process can contribute towards a sense of responsibility for understanding others through identifying with individual characters, places and circumstance. The unique nature of our books allows the reader to absorb and be nourished with something from a context that will deepen their understanding of Aboriginal people, their culture and difference in perspective.

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Story 

Story develops language and literacy skill. The inherent power in story naturally draws the child listener, whether they are an able or less able reader, story captivates attention and fires imagination. Indij Readers books allow the reader to be exposed to wonderful words, familiar and unfamiliar, common and grand, wild, joyful and with the use of Aboriginal English as well as traditional Aboriginal language.

Encompassed within titles are Traditional Aboriginal Dreaming stories and those stories that have been passed down through the generations. These stories allow the reader to share insight into the connectedness and nature that Land has in the life of Aboriginal people, give unity and purpose to Aboriginal society and community, and are an important source of nourishment in the maintenance of identity today.

Through story the reader will gain insight, understanding, appreciation and perspective of Aboriginal Australia, its diverse richness stimulating thought and building knowledge through difference and perspective. Through the stories of Aboriginal peoples spiritual ancestors the reader will gain understanding and insight. Understanding and beliefs of particular environmental and topographical features as well as moral and ethical teaching are encountered throughout some of our newer titles.

 

 

The Australian Curriculum 

Aboriginal Education Resource Books Indij Readers Series 4 titles have been specifically developed to assist in the appropriate delivery of the new “Australian Curriculum”. Integrating our titles into your school programs will allow curriculum to be delivered that is relevant, contemporary and engaging for all students.
Cross Curriculum Priority – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
The Cross Curriculum Priority “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures” will provide opportunities for all learners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuously living cultures of today and those which were here before those that arrived by ship.
Our Series 4 titles have content that is specific to both contemporary and traditional Aboriginal Peoples, demonstrating strength and affirmation through the beauty of story. All our titles are an open window demonstrating strong, resilient, rich and diverse people, families and communities.
Our stories allow students to participate positively in the on-going development of Australia through a deepening knowledge and connection with the world’s oldest continuously living cultures.
Encompassed within titles are Traditional Aboriginal Dreaming stories and those stories that have been passed down through the generations. These stories allow the reader to share insight into the connectedness and nature that Land has in the life of Aboriginal people, give unity and purpose to Aboriginal society and community, and are an important source of nourishment in the maintenance of identity today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture,
Key Concepts – “Country/Place, Peoples and Culture”

1. Country/Place – Aboriginal Histories and Culture

Many of our titles highlight the very important, special and culturally significant connection to Country/Place by Aboriginal Peoples. Our Series 4 Titles contain stories that explore, celebrate and display the unique nature which connects our Peoples to Country/Place, both physically and spiritually.
Suggested titles in this key concept area of “Country/Place” include:
What We Count, Then and Now, In Redfern, The Min Min, Firewood and Rabbits, Lake Mungo, Our Story, Fish Dreaming, Ninu, Last Journey, Southern Cross, The Valley, Clysteen and The Haunted Billabong.

2. Diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Culture
The capacity to appropriately demonstrate and allow students to view and examine the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through language, ways of life and experiences through historical, social and political lenses is well accommodated from all of our titles. Our titles will provide students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal Peoples’ ways of being, knowing, thinking, doing, the Aboriginal way, demonstrating the, diversity of Aboriginal perspective.
We recommend the following titles specifically:
All our Series 4 Titles, The Min Min, Firewood and Rabbits,, Our Rooster Jack, The Emu Egg, Our Aunty Sharon, Locked Out, Ms Johnstone to the Rescue, Lake Mungo, Our story, In Redfern, All About Jada, Pet Crabs, Bush Tucka, Good Tucka, and all of our “Aboriginal People in Sport” titles.

3. Diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies
This key concept area requires students gaining an understanding and broader appreciation of the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on a local, national and global scale.
Significantly, students should be guided to explore the diverse ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People contribute on a local, national and global scale. Encouraging appreciation at all levels is essential, exploring with students the life and history of our authors and illustrators is especially important as it relates to this key concept area.
For example Dr Beryl Philp Carmichael (Yungha-dhu), author of Fish Dreaming, Goanna, Rising from the Ashes, Clysteen and others is a well-known Aboriginal Elder of the Ngiaampaa People, she is the custodian of her Peoples language, song, story and history. Dr Philp Carmichael has over many years made effective change in Aboriginal Affairs, education, health, housing and more through her dedicated professional contribution to local, national and global issues. Dr Philp Carmichael’s books tell that story, the journeys of her People, the stories of her life and how she has contributed in such diverse ways at many levels and over many decades.
Many of our other titles depict contribution, the author taking the reader on a journey of their life, the life of their family, community and significantly the way in which all Aboriginal People through their identity, spirituality and connection to heritage are contributors both large and small.
All of our titles can be effectively and appropriately used to demonstrate and tell the many and diverse stories of Aboriginal People and their contributions. The inherent ways of Aboriginal People ensures that all make a valuable contribution, especially as that relates to the continuing of the oldest living culture, the sustainability of culture, the empowering of identity and the nurturing of heritage.

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