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A Nyoongar story about connection to country and family

Follow the story of Chunyart, a young Nyoongar boy and his cheeky Twenty-eight Parrot on his journey through Wadjuk Country. Learn how plants and animals provided food, tools, shelter and medicine for Nyoongar people and how they took care of the land (boodja). Students investigate family structures and totems, and engage in hands-on activities, including traditional first aid, hunting games and the use of symbols to share a story of family and place.

'A fantastic outdoor learning experience for both children and teachers, thank you.' - Year 2 Teacher


By the end of this program students will:

  • Recognise Kings Park as a special place for Nyoongar people
  • Be aware of how Aboriginal people use an understanding of natural materials in making tools and weapons
  • Handle Aboriginal tools, practice bandaging using natural materials, play a traditional Nyoongar game and draw a story map using Aboriginal symbols
  • Have explored Aboriginal family structures and the roles of women and men
  • Understand how information, knowledge and stories are communicated through stories passed down from generation to generation of Aboriginal people
  • Know some Nyoongar names of places, tools, family members and plants.

You may also be interested in a Nyoongar glossary for local Aboriginal words that are used within this website.

Bookings are essential and fees apply. Program fee includes one copy of the 'Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot' storybook. Further copies are available for purchase from Aspects of Kings Park.

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