NAIDOC Week & Reconciliation

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Indigenous Symbol Story Squares

Create your very own story using these colourful Story Squares! They could also be used as a memory game if you create two of each symbol. This idea has been created by Indigenous Artist Michelle Napanangka Earl, a proud Darkinjung woman with Wonnarua ties.

This activity highlights the significance of Indigenous and Aboriginal symbols while teaching creative thinking. Research Aboriginal symbols, draw them on the stones and remember what each represents as you build your story!

CleverPatch™ recommends educators, teachers and event organisers work in consultation with their local Aboriginal Communities (start locally and extend out geographically) when planning activities & learning experiences. Any creative or art making activity that mirrors or replicates Aboriginal cultural experiences should always be undertaken in consultation with the appropriate owners of that cultural property.

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  • Step 1Research Aboriginal symbols that are used in storytelling and artworks. Some of these symbols may include animals and their tracks, tools (e.g. Spears, Boomerangs, Coolamons), natural elements (e.g. waterholes and sandhills) or people. You can download the provided Activity Template to use Michelle’s drawings as a guide.
  • Step 2Use paint markers to draw a different symbol onto each coconut shell square. Allow to dry.
  • Step 3Using one shell square at a time, create your very own story. You might like to research Dreamtime stories for inspiration. Try to remember what each symbol represents as you build your story. If you are having trouble remembering, create your own guide to explain what each symbol represents. This could be a solo activity or a story for the whole class!

Materials used in this activity

Mont Marte Acrylic Paint Pens - Fine Tip - Pack of 12
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