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Stories of the Swan River

Derbal Yerrigan is the name given to Perth’s Swan River by the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of the land around Perth, the Wadjuk Nyoongar people. Yarning is a modern Nyoongar word that means ‘talking’.

The students will learn about some of the natural features of Perth, such as Kings Park bushland, the Swan River and Perth hills, and the traditional way of life of the first people who lived here. They will discover how the Nyoongar people used plants and animals to meet their needs. They will learn how knowledge was passed on in oral traditions, the roles of women and men, and how the Nyoongar people believe the Rainbow Serpent, called the Waugal, made the fresh water ways and hills of Perth.

Year level: Pre-kindergarten - Pre-primary
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: Refer to Fees and Charges
Location: Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park
Bookings: Essential, please contact the Education Bookings Officer
Australian curriculum links: Science, English, Geography, History, Early Years Learning Framework
Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Sustainability

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