May L. O'Brien
Angela Leaney, Sue Wyatt
Fremantle Press, 2008
5-8yrs, Lower Primary, Primary
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- Glossaries and vocabularies
- Stories and motifs
- Wangkatha / Wangkathaa people (A12) (WA SH51-06)
This is a collection of traditional Wongutha (Wongi) teaching stories from the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia. It contains four previously published works and a pronunciation glossary for Wongutha words used in the text.
May O’Brien was born in the area but spent 12 years at the Mount Margaret Mission from the age of five. She became the first female Aboriginal teacher in Western Australia, going on to help establish Aboriginal committees on education and working on the first report into Aboriginal education. Her contribution was acknowledged in 1977 when she received the British Empire Medal for work in Aboriginal education.
Contents: How Crows Became Black
Why the Emu Can't Fly
The Kangaroos Who Wanted to be People
Barn-Barn Barlala, the Bush Trickster.
Sue Wyatt is an Indigenous artist born in Kalgoorlie. Angela Leaney has close connections with the Wongutha people through her grandparents and great-grandparents.
- Bawoo Stories Teaching Notes. Fremantle Press. https://www.fremantlepress.com.au/system/spree/files/attachments/000/000/022/original/Bawoo_Stories_Teaching_Notes-WEB.pdf?1429519389
- May O’Brien free educational resource from Australian Biography Series 11, National Film and Sound Archive https://dl.nfsa.gov.au/module/1579/
- May O’Brien: Educator, Writer Study Guide – Australian Biography Series 11, National Film and Sound Archive http://shop.nfsa.gov.au/assets/files/Aust_Bio_May%20O'Brien_TN.pdf