5 Ways to Embed First Nation Perspectives this Christmas 🎄
Whether it be at home or in your organisation, here are 5 ways to bring First Nation perspectives into your Christmas.
🎄 Decorate baubles with First Nation designs, either draw, paint or use First Nation artwork papers to decorate a bauble. Use our printable Deadly Bauble template to make your own.
🤶🏾 Bake some Wattleseed Ginger shapes using traditional First Nation flavours. Baking biscuits is always a engaging way for children to learning about measurement, to develop literacy skills in reading and speech and while also deepening motor skills. For this great recipe, head to The School Mum blog. Wattleseed has a is versatile and uniquely Australian spice with its strong coffee, chocolate and hazelnut aroma and flavour. You can buy ground Wattleseed from Indigenous owned business, Indigiearth here.
🎅🏾 Paint seed pods with deadly First Nation designs and hang on your tree. Head out and collect some seed pods with your nearest and dearest, ones with a smooth surface will work best. Get the paints, glitter or collage out alongside some inspirational First Nation artworks to really make your seed pods shine. Your Japily Symbol Flashcards could be used in this activity for children to investigate and think about what symbols they could include on the pods that have meaning and connection for them.
🧑🏾🎄 Use air dry clay or polymer clay with symbol stamps to make tree ornaments. Our Japily Symbol Stamps & Flashcards are perfect for this activity! They make a meaningful and connected gift or are just gorgeous for display.
🎁 Listen to or sing Christmas carols in First Nations language, here is a list of websites that you can listen to Christmas carols sung in a range of First Nation languages from around Australia.
- ‘Silent Night’ sung as a duet in Yolŋu matha language and English by Dr G Yunupingu and Delta Goodram
- Noongar version of Santa Clause is coming to town ‘Santa Clause Baal Town Koorliny’ lyrics.
- Watch the Classic Choir premiere “Oh Christmas Tree (Yerrbill with Clarence)” a new take on the classic carol. Clarence’s new lyrics in his Bundjalung dialect and English talk about special times with friends and family, and explores other Indigenous languages, taking a journey around Australia. Watch it here