Our World Bardi Jaawi, Life at Ardiyooloon
One Arm Point Remote Community School
Illustrated by One Arm Point Remote Community School
WINNER – Speech Pathology Australia's Indigenous Book of the Year 2011
SHORTLISTED – Children's Book Council of Australia
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Our World: Bardi Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon by the students of One Arm Point Remote
Community School is a stunning addition to the growing library of books about
Aboriginal communities in today’s Australia. This book will please the browsing reader
and the experienced researcher, teachers and their students, the casual borrower and
the person looking for something specific about Aboriginal culture today.
Vibrant and colourful, the pictures entice the reader, as they follow the lives of these
children describing where their community is and the way in which the whole
community is involved in traditional ways of tracking, hunting and cooking. From
hunting with spears, traveling out in boats, collecting shellfish in the mangroves or using
fish poison, the book describes how the fish are caught, from making the spear to the
end result of cooking and sharing their catch.
Sections show the reader how to build bough shelters, hunt crabs, turtles and dugong,
make boomerangs and how to catch specific fish, while one double page spread that
shows the many saltwater creatures found in this part of Australia cannot be missed.
Pages show camping trips to sites around Ardiyooloon, with photographs of the children
making oyster pancakes, catching monkey fish and exploring the reefs.
Our World highlights the importance of Elders to the community and to the future of its
young people. An easy to follow double page tells the reader about kinship, while
another is about the seasons at Ardiyooloon. Several others explain the history of the
school, show the local Bardi Jaawi rangers at work, and intermingled with these are
some traditional stories of the Bardi Jaawi people.
Altogether a visually enticing look at this small community, this book will have wide
appeal, particularly in the classroom, where students are keen for information about
different peoples around Australia. From the wonderful title page with the boat and its
little outboard motor, to the extensive mix of photographs and children’s paintings, this
book is a smart addition to any library.
- Author:One Arm Point Remote Community School
- Illustrator:One Arm Point Remote Community School
- Published:Dec 2010
- Size:255 x 255
- Ages:Upper primary