Wunambi the Water Snake
May L. O'Brien
Aboriginal Studies Press, 2nd edition, 2005
5-8yrs, Lower Primary, Primary
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- Glossaries and vocabularies
- Oral storytelling
- Rivers and creeks
- Stories and motifs
- Wangkatha / Wangkathaa people (A12) (WA SH51-06)
Wunambi, the giant water snake roamed the land when the earth was young. The great tracks he made became the rivers and creeks we know today. Sue Wyatt’s illustrations convey the outback landscape and add to the tension of the action. Wunambi is still an important part of Australian Aboriginal life. This creation story’s dedication is “to those generations of grandmothers who did so much to pass on their traditions and to help us understand. It was told to the children by the old people who gathered together at nights to share and to tell of times past”.
Author May O'Brien was born into the traditional life of the Wongatha people of Western Australia and educated on the remote Mount Margaret mission. She became the first female Aboriginal teacher in Western Australia and returned to the mission to teach. Illustrator Sue Wyatt was descended from the Wongai of the Kalgoorlie region in Western Australia.
- ABC Radio Perth 'May O'Brien, State's first Aboriginal teacher on the importance of literacy' https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/04/23/3486462.htm
- Western Australian Museum › Explore › WA Goldfields › First Peoples › Living in Country http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/wa-goldfields/first-peoples/living-country