Waterlilies by Diane Lucas brings the indigenous perspective of food and life to children who otherwise would have little idea of how people live off the land is a respectful way.
Written in both English and one of the Indigenous languages spoken in Kakadu ( Gun-djeihmi) and drawn with expert detail, this picture book will enlighten.
As Australians we need to know more about the people who cared for this land many years before white man came and took over. We need to draw more from this knowledge so we can start to treat the land with respect so it will be around in the same condition for many more years.
Waterlilies by Diane Lucas and Colwyn Campbell is a must read and one that should inspire some learning of your local indigenous language and local bush tucker.
So what can you do?
Here are some simple ideas and questions to pose to your students or children:
Conduct your own investigations into any local bush tucker in your backyard or nearby bushland.
Write about a time you ate some local food – cooked from scratch.
What is your local indigenous language?
What sort of bush tucker is available in your area?
How can you treat the land with more respect so that we can live off it and keep is beautiful for many years to come?