We would like to begin this article by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land where we live, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise they are the first people of Australia.
As non-Aboriginal working in the child care industry, we need to gather as much information we can about Aboriginal Australia, and show to the children all the important facts in a meaningful and respectful way.
Sometimes we are fearful of doing the “wrong thing” or offending the Aboriginal community.
This is why we invited Aunty Kathryn. As she describes herself, she is a community person who spreads knowledge about Aboriginal culture. She enjoys working with children and educators in their own centres.
She brought beautiful pieces of art that she makes and that reflect a big part of the story of her family and the Aboriginal culture. Aunty Kathryn wanted the children to touch and feel the textures of the paintings because “art needs to be touched as well”.
She also gave us the chance to know about resources we can find in internet to dance and sing with the children. We had lots of fun!
Finally, she was so generous to give us some pieces of art made of old vinyl records.
Thank you so much. We have learnt a lot!