Purnululu Aboriginal Community is located in the East Kimberley in Western Australia. The Kija people from Purnululu community have chosen to share one of their traditional stories, the tale of The Frog and the Brolga. The Frog and the Brolga is a Creation story that tells of Purnululu Country. This story is traditionally told in the Kija language and has been translated into English for Sharing Our Stories.
Suitable for middle to upper primary students
Each Sharing Our Stories book focuses on one Indigenous Australian community. The opening of each book is built around a series of photographs describing the local community setting, and establishing the community in a particular place and time.
Following this is one story shared by that particular community, which conveys a message connected to the group's traditions or social conventions. The stories are illustrated with paintings and drawings by children from the local community. Using a mixture of traditional and modern-day influences, the artwork brings the stories to life through the children's personal interpretations.
A series of photographic portraits of the children who have created the artwork concludes each book. These photographs are taken in settings that tell us even more about the cultural environment and lifestyle of the child.
Visit the Sharing our Stories site where you can download sample pages and explore the components of this series.
Sharing Our Stories was created in partnership with the SharingStories Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that works with Indigenous communities. Its aim is to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage using digital technologies and artforms for the benefit of children.
This landmark series supports shared reading, comprehension and critical literacy skills, as well as Humanities and Social Sciences in middle and upper primary classrooms.