year nine thematic study
This unit will explore, through varied multimodal texts, the representation of culture in a number of different societies. Cultures throughout the world express their views in a variety of ways. Some forms of text can be particular to a culture, and others are universal in expressing the human condition.
Text 1: Earth Cakes, Sky Cakes
Myths, cultural respect, values, social hierarchy.
Text 5: Student Response
Written by Indigenous poet, Hyllus Noel Maris, ‘Spiritual Song of the Aborigine’ explores the way in which many Aboriginal people identify closely with the land. In particular, she reflects on the way that spiritual connection is rooted in her people’s long affinity and history.
From the very start of the poem, Maris establishes her heritage – “I am a child of the Dreamtime people”. She is also quick to establish that she is “part of this land”. The awareness is conveyed as something delightful or admirable through the use of alliteration when she speaks of the “gnarled gum’ and the ‘river softly singing’.
Maris encourages us to admire this long association of her people with the land. This is achieved through the use of personification as she talks of her “spirit ... that dances”. She encourages us to see this connection by identifying all the places that spirit dances “snow ... wind ... rain ... rocks ... desert”. Having identified the ways in which this attachment is achieved, she asserts that it is these connections that foster her belief that the “red desert earth ... [is] the blood that flows in [her] veins”. Maris further entwines her spirit with the land by highlighting her union with Australian animals such as “eagle[s], crow[s], and snake[s]” and the attachment to the land and all its creatures is clear.
Finally, Maris draws attention to the timeless nature of this union. This association began when she “awakened here when the earth was new/ There was emu, wombat and kangaroo”. Similarly, she identifies that this bond occurred long before the arrival of Europeans – “no other man of a different hue”. Finally, Maris concludes her poem with the observation “I am this land / And this land is me” to remind us of what she first observed in the second line of the poem. Thus, having traced this long connection, she can rightly conclude, “I am Australian”.
Text 8: Maori Song
In an incantation addressed to the sea god by Hina occur the words:--
“The tide of life glides swiftly past
And mingles all in one great eddying foam.
O Heaven, now sleeping! rouse thee, rise to power.
And O thou Earth; awake, exert thy might for me,
And open wide the door to my last home,
Where calm and quiet rest awaits me in the sky.”
Text 14: Child Soldier
Text 3: Cartoon
Consumerism, modern values, waste / excess
Text 6: The tribal Ghost Kevin Gilbert.
Poem located on moodle
1992-Embassy Re-established | Sovereign Union - First Nations ...nationalunitygovernment.org450 × 450Search by image1992 Kevin Gilbert addresses media
Text 9: Hanohano Kaua`i - Traditional
Famed is Kaua`i in the calm
Smooth the sea on the leeward side
It seems t be wooing the rain clouds
And the misty rain over the plain
Raising the leaves of the small leafed rose
And the ferns that lie in the cold mountain
It is a long way to go in search of the lover
Till he is found at the sea of Keawe iki
I am the small breadfruit tree of Lele
With the papala gums to snare the birds
Freely given when horizon clouds nest
With all rich delicacies of Kapu`ukolo
Tell the refrain
Lovely Kauai stands forth in the calm
Tell the refrain again, for the last time
Famed is Kauai in the calm
Text 12: Cuc lam's Suitcase
Cuc Lam’s Suitcase is an episode of the series National Treasures produced in 2004.
Text 15: Book trailer: Child Soldier
Text 4: Spiritual Song of the Aborigine
Poem written by Hyllus Maris founder of Worawa College recited and video footage created by Nicholas Lampel
Connection to land, spiritualism, Dreamtime myths, cultural connection through nature.
Text 7: Travellin’ North
Song lyrics on moodle
Kev Carmody Image: 2013 Don Banks Award recipient (Tony Mott 2012)
Text 10: To my daughter on her marriage.
To my Daughter on Her Marriage Into the Yang Family
My heart has been heavy all day long
Because you have so far to go.
The marriage of a girl, away from her parents,
Is the launching of a little boat on a great river.
...You were very young when your mother died,
Which made me the more tender of you.
Your elder sister has looked out for you,
And now you are both crying and cannot part.
This makes my grief the harder to bear;
Yet it is right that you should go.
...Having had from childhood no mother to guide you,
How will you honour your mother-in-law?
It's an excellent family; they will be kind to you,
They will forgive you your mistakes –
Although ours has been so pure and poor
That you can take them no great dowry.
Be gentle and respectful, as a woman should be,
Careful of word and look, observant of good example.
...After this morning we separate,
There's no knowing for how long....
I always try to hide my feelings –
They are suddenly too much for me,
When I turn and see my younger daughter
With the tears running down her cheek.
Text 13: Radio podcast: Boat-people
www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/boat-people-from-vietnam/2953508 personal experiences of refugees, asylum seekers, refugee camps
Text 16: Ad campaign, Boy Soldier
Amnesty International Campaign
Interview with Michaela DePrince
Children's rights around the world: Afghanistan
Published on Apr 15, 2014
Across the world children are denied their human rights, including for example, their right to education. They are recruited into armed forces, subjected to the death penalty, are forced to work and suffer many other human rights abuses.
In this film we see how the young Afghan girl Parwana has to work at a brick factory to support her family. In many countries child labor is still a serious problem that violates children's rights.
The film was made by a local filmmaker, Emal Haidary, for Amnesty International.
Interview with Ahn Do from "The Project"
Living in a Mexico City Garbage Dump - The Road to Juan's House - Mexican Poverty Youtube.
The Boat - Nam le
To mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, SBS has launched an interactive graphic novel, specifically for online audiences, which brings the title story, ‘The Boat’ to a whole new audience, in a whole new way. The work, in Le’s own words,
” is strange and powerful. More importantly, it opens up new ground.”