Why is storytelling important for Indigenous cultures?
What is the Indigenous community in Yuendamu using to tell their stories?
What is the Wakakirri Festival?
Why are they trying to keep traditional Indigenous languages alive?
How many Indigenous languages are there?
Why is it important for young Indigenous people to have the opportunity to express themselves?
Some people believe that hip hop is American and doesn’t have much to do with Indigenous culture. Do you agree? Explain your answer.
Why do you think young Indigenous people identify with hip hop?
Predict what might happen if Indigenous storytelling doesn’t continue?
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Students will be exploring what hip hop music is, how it has influenced Indigenous Australians and why it’s important for them to be able to tell their story. Begin with a partner brainstorm asking students to write down what they know about hip hop music and how Indigenous people are using it to tell stories. From the brainstorming session, ask students to record any questions they have or topics they would like to know more about. Some possible topics for inquiry include:
Find out more about the elements of hip hop – beat boxing, MCing or rapping, and breakdancing.
Choose an Indigenous hip hop artist and create a profile of them. What elements of hip hop are they using? What stories are they telling?
Compare Australian hip hop to American hip hop. What are the similarities and differences?
Ask students to present the findings of their topic/s for inquiry with the rest of the class. Some ways to present information include:
ABC News - Indigenous languages still being used
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/31/2729446.htm Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Indigenous languages
http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/Indigenous_languages.html Culture portal – Australian Indigenous cultural heritage
What is discrimination?
What discrimination did women face until the 1960’s?
How were Indigenous Australians discriminated against in the past?
What was the `White Australia Policy’ and what was it trying to achieve?
When did the Government introduce anti-discrimination laws?
What happened to a group of Aboriginal girls at an Alice Springs hostel recently?
Why do the Aboriginal girls think they were asked to leave?
What did the hostel manager say happened?
Do you believe that they were discriminated against? Why or why not?