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 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.