DREAMTIME — Australian Aboriginal Legends

DREAMTIME

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PEOPLE INVOLVED: 2nd-ESO and 3rd-ESO students; Nathan Williams (Australian auxiliary); English teachers; students’ parents and their friends (musicians); Primary School students (audience)

Students worked on the aboriginal concept of Dreamtime. It has to do with a number of legends that Australian aboriginal people have passed throughout generations. Ancient aborigines invented these stories to explain the world around them (how the world came to be, the origin of Uluru, where animals and their characteristics come from, etc.).

We prepared a powerpoint with the legends and the different moments in the presentation. (Click on the above picture to see the presentation.)

– All students wore dark clothes and painted their faces in the aboriginal fashion.
– 2nd-ESO students prepared eight legends in English and they even drew pictures following aboriginal style and patterns.
– Meanwhile, some parents and their friends played aboriginal instruments as a musical background.
– PMAR students read the stories in Spanish (so, a bilingual version of every legend was offered).
– 3rd-ESO students carried out some aboriginal dances
– On the 25th April we observed one minute silence because of ANZAC Day.
– Finally, 3rd-ESO students dance a spectacular aboriginal War Dance.

The presentation took about 90 minutes and it was offered to students from Primary Schools who are in their sixth year.

Here are the different moments of our DREAMTIME presentation. Click on every image and link to learn about them!


Australian Aboriginal Legends
DREAMTIME

INTRODUCTION TO DREAMTIME
“In the beginning there was nothing…”
“Al principio solo existía la nada…”

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DANCE OF THE RAINBOW SERPENT

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LEGENDS

– The Rainbow Serpent
– La Serpiente Arcoíris

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– How the Kangaroo got its pouch
– Cómo consiguió el canguro su bolsa

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– Alinga, the Lizard Man, and his Boomerang
– Alinga, el Hombre Lagarto, y su Boomerang

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DANCE OF NATURE

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– How the birds got their colours
– Cómo consiguieron los pájaros sus colores

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– Umburru, the Black Duck
– Umburru, el Pato Negro

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– The story of the Didgeridoo
– La historia del Didgeridoo

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LEARNING ABOUT DIDGERIDOOS

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– Tiddalick, the Frog
– Tiddalick, la Rana

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– Wayambah, the Turtle
– Wayambah, la Tortuga

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ANIMAL DANCE

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OBSERVANCE OF ONE MINUTE SILENCE: ANZAC DAY

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FINAL WAR DANCE

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