Jackie Huggins, Indigenous consultant
Allen & Unwin, 2011
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- Children as authors
- Children, Aboriginal Australian
- Oral history
- Social life and customs
'Playground' is a work which explores Aboriginal childhood, both traditional and contemporary. Eighty elders have contributed either words or artwork to a book which brings together reflections by some of our most prominent community leaders, educators and artists. Compiler, acclaimed writer, Nadia Wheatley, has also included the voices of twenty secondary students who share their thoughts on growing up today.
Birth, family relationships, homes, language, education and journeys are some of the topics covered. Some of the most engaging aspects of the text are the charming reminiscences of childhood pastimes – playing games, building cubbies, learning crafts (such as shell necklace making) and having fun! There are descriptions of finding bush tucker, going fishing and learning through art and ceremony.
Designed by artist Ken Searle, the book includes historical and contemporary photographs, artwork by leading Indigenous artists, colour illustrations throughout, and many luminous works by Searle himself, who is an acclaimed painter.
The overwhelming message conveyed is the deep respect with which Aboriginal people view their culture and customs: how much they value home, their love of family, and the strength of each of the communities described in these various oral history accounts of childhood memories, a message which imbues each and every story.
- Allen & Unwin Teaching Resource for 'Playground' by Nadia Wheatley https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/book/Compiled-by-Nadia-Wheatley,-illustrated-by-Ken-Searle-Playground-9781742370972/
- ‘Memories of Mission Life: National Museum curator Karolina Kilian met Eric Bell at the Hollywood Mission site, in Yass, New South Wales’ in From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920–1970 National Museum Australia https://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from-little-things-big-things-grow/memories-of-mission-life
- Nadia Wheatley http://nadiawheatley.com/
- Youtube presentation by Brianna Rose of Playground compilied by Nadia Wheatley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8cndpFZg3E