Thank to Terry McDevitt, Head of RE, Spirituality & Philosophy at Westminster School, SA for starting this list. Your suggestions are welcome.
DVDs and STUDY GUIDES
KANYINI is a story told by an Aboriginal man, Bob Randall, who lives beside the greatest monolith in the world, Uluru in Central Australia. Based on Bob’s own personal journey and the wisdom he learnt from the old people living in the bush, Bob tells the tale of why Indigenous people are now struggling in a modern world and what needs to be done for Indigenous people to move forward.
A tale of Indigenous wisdom clashing against materialist notions of progress, this is not only a story of one man and his people but the story of the human race.
The DVD Kanyini and its teacher notes go the closest to explaining Aboriginal, culture, identity and spirituality in lay terms than anything I have viewed in the last 15 years.
Frank Pearce, State Coordinator Aboriginal Education, NSW CEC
Yolngu Boy DVD and Study Guide
YOLNGU BOY is about the search for identity, making the journey from adolescence to adulthood and the implications of belonging to a larger social group, whether it be a culture, a family or a group of friends. Shot in Arnhem Land, the film features an all-indigenous lead cast including Nathan Daniels, Sean Mununggurr and John Sebastian Pilakui.
A Study Guide for Teachers has been developed and includes Learning Activities for Upper Secondary students. Key Themes include:
- Rites of Passage and Personal Growth
- The Search For Identity
- Rules, Rights and Responsibilities
RABBIT PROOF FENCE is a powerful film based on the true story and experiences of three young Aboriginal girls (Molly, Gracie and Daisy) who were forcibly removed from their families in Jigalong, Western Australia in 1931 and sent to the Moore River Native Settlement. The film puts a human face on the ‘Stolen Generations’ – a phenomenon which characterised relations between the government and Aborigines in Australia for much of the 20th century.
Rabbit Proof Fence is based on the book, Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence written by Doris Pilkington Garimara, Molly’s daughter.
- Books and Journal Articles held in the AIATSIS
- Bringing Them Home : Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families
- Stories about the Moore River Settlement
- Other Stories of Escape
- A.O. Neville – Chief Protector of Aborigines from 1915-1936
- Stolen Generations
- Aboriginal Beliefs – Animal Totems
- Aspects of Religion, Howard Clark, Science Press 2007 (Yrs 7-12)
- Spotlight Studies of Religions – HSC, Howard Clark, Science Press 2007 (Yr 12)
- Studies of Religion Preliminary, Nicholas Coleman, Science Press 2006 (Yrs 7-11)
- Rainbow Spirit Theology, ATF Press, Hindmarsh 2007
This text has been prepared by a group of Aboriginal Christian leaders with the aim of integrating the traditions of Aboriginal culture with the traditions of Christianity.
The starting point for this theology is the land from which these Aboriginal Christian leaders believe their ancestors emerged and for which they still feel responsible as custodians of the sacred. Deep beneath the land is the Rainbow Spirit or Rainbow Snake, the eternal source of life and spiritual power. They identify God the Creator with the Rainbow Spirit and see in Christ the incarnation of the Rainbow Spirit in human form, which for them is Aboriginal Australian.
- Someone Elseâ€™s Country, Peter Docker, Fremantle Arts Centre Press
- Where the Ancestors Walked, Philip Clarke, Allen and Unwin
- Treading Lightly, Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Scuthorpe, Allen and Unwin
- A Cry in the Wind, Tom Austen, Darlington Publishing Group
- Why Werenâ€™t We Told?, Henry Reynolds, Viking
- Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, Richard Trudgen, ARDS Inc.
- Rob Riley, Quentin Beresford, Aboriginal Studies Press
- Wisdom Men, Banjo Clarke, Penguin
- Reading the Country, Benterrak, Muecke, and Roe, Fremantle Arts Centre Press
- Xavier Rudd
- John Butler Trio
- Midnight Oil
- Steve Roach
- Yothu Yindi
- Shane Howard & Goanna…and the list goes on
- Apology To Australia’s Indigenous Peoples
- Why we should be sorry
Stolen Generations speak in their own words (Audio slideshow)
- AIATSIS Website & Links to Web Resources
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- The Creator Spirit
- The Spirit of Evil
- The Great Serpent
- The Human Condition
- Old Rites of Passage: Birth of Children
- A New Life: The Rites of Christian Initiation
- The Miracle of New Norcia
- The Rituals of Death
- Ritual, Music & Dance
- A New World of Belief & Education
Prime Minister, House of Representatives, Parliament House Canberra – 13 February 2008
ABORIGINAL CHRISTIAN ART
Station of the Cross #11 by Richard Campbell
Infant Jesus , Art from the Balgo Hills, Australia
Sourced from Teree Spencer’s article, Towards an Indigenous Theology
See more Aboriginal Christian Art
THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE YUAT NYOONGAR PEOPLE
Spanish Benedictine monk, Bishop Rosendo Salavdo, established a mission at New Norcia in Western Australia for the local Yuat Nyoongar people in 1846. Today, the monastery at New Norcia is still home to a small community of Benedictine monks who live a simple life of prayer and work.
One of the monks and former Abbot of New Norcia, Father Bernard Rooney, in conjunction with The New Norcia Aboriginal Corporation, has worked tirelessly to research and portray the life and culture of the Yuat people. Striking panels housed within the New Norcia Education Centre offer a comprehensive insight including a module on Pathways of Belief – The Spiritual Life of the Yuat. Interactive Educational Programmes for students and adult groups are offered by the New Norcia Education Centre
Pathways of Belief – The Spiritual World of the Yuat Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 address the following: