Storytelling is a very important part of Aboriginal culture.
"A long time ago our people told a lot of stories. Stories of how things were made. How animals grew and changed. How people lived and moved around."
Today these stories are still important so that we can enjoy the differences in lifestyle and traditions. It is great to pass this knowledge onto children. It teaches respect and empathy.
"Children need to play outside and take in the fresh air. To listen to the sounds of the world around them. To hear the singing of birds, or the sound of the wind in the trees"
What Children Need?
All children need to talk, to play, to day dream, to read and to be told stories.
1. Stories are important because they help children to cope with emotions or problems they might be struggling with at the moment.
2. You can help children carry on the tradition of a culture by telling stories you remember from your childhood.
3. Talk to you children using your language and encourage them to use the words. This helps to build their self-esteem and confidence. It helps them to develop a sense of belonging.
4. Tell them stories of your culture.
"We have to bring back the power, the honour and the role of the storyteller in society again. We have to teach ourselves what a storyteller is."