This is Grandfather and me.
I am happy being with Grandfather.
Grandfather takes me to many different places.
Grandfather knows a good place to camp.
We go to gather food in the afternoon.
We are happy sleeping on the ground.
We see many stars in the night sky.
In the morning we will look for bushtucker for Grandmother.
The Gamilaroi Nation is the second largest in NSW, encompassing towns such as Gunnedah, Walgett, Boggabilla and Moree.
Gamilaraay is a rich language with a complicated grammatical structure and is spoken in a number of dialects. In recent years there have been ongoing language revitalisation efforts to revive Gamilaraay in schools and communities.
Storytellers - Creed Gordon and Rhonda Ashby
Creed Gordon, aged 11 years, is a young man of the Gamilaraay/ Gamilaroi Nation. Creed attends Lightning Ridge Central School, in the far north west of NSW. Creed has worked with language teachers at the Gamilaraay/ Yuwaalaraay/ Yuawaalayaay Language and Culture Nest to develop the My Weekend with Pop story in Gamilaraay.
Creed has shared his pride in culture and language, and love of learning with the Library whilst being involved in this project.
Rhonda Ashby is the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest Teacher of Gamilaraay/ Yuwaalaraay/ Yuwaalayaay based at the Lightning Ridge Central School. Rhonda's family grew up in the Walgett district, connected to the Namoi River reserve, with her Gamilaraay/ Yuwaalaraay mother and Gamilaraay/ Yuin father.
Rhonda is a passionate educator whose work focuses on passing on the knowledge of Elders who inspired her to educate and empower the next generation.
An online Teacher's Guide accompanies My Weekend with Pop a short illustrated bilingual story. Teachers and students can read the story in English and listen to it in several NSW Aboriginal languages: Dharawal, Gumbaynggirr, Gamilaraay, Paakantyi and Wiradjuri.
The Teacher's guide includes learning activities for teachers to embed in KLA-specific units of work as a way of including Aboriginal perspectives. The activities are designed for Stage 2 and can be adjusted for Stage 1 or Stage 3 learners . The resource list includes print and multi-media materials that are suitable for teachers of Early Stage 1 through to Stage 6.