The Very Hungry Caterpillar Felt Story
The wonderful hungry caterpillar story never fails to delight children of all ages! Add this to your child care resource collection.
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A DREAMTIME STORY OF THE YUIN PEOPLE OF WALLAGA LAKE.
Long ago, when the world was new, there were many birds and…
There were many animals on the earth.
The birds and animals spent most of their time fighting one another. Bangu the Flying Fox couldn’t make up her mind if she was a bird or an animal.
Bangu the Flying Fox liked to be on the winning side all the time. When she went out to play with the animals and they got into a fight with the birds, Bangu would change to the birds’ side if they were winning.
If she was with the birds and the animals were winning, she’d change to the animal’s side.
One day the birds and animals became really sick of this and had a big meeting. They were fed up with Bangu pretending to be one of them and changing sides. They called her over and told her off… And, just to get the message across, they gave her a good hiding to go along with.
They said. “Go away. You are not a bird, you are not animal, and we don’t want to play with you again.”
So Bangu crept away, and that’s why you only see her come out at night and fly around by herself.
IF YOU FIND FRIENDS, STICK TO THEM. HELP THEM WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD AND BAD.
Because if you keep changing sides and letting your mob down, you’ll end up as lonely as…
BANGU THE FLYING FOX.
“The sacred site of Namarrkon, the Lightning Spirit for the Kunwinjku people…is about fifty-six kilometres (thirty-five miles) away to the east of Nimbuwah rock, which towers into the sky from the surrounding plains. It is here that Namarrkon dwells throughout the dry season. Sometimes he assumes the form of a grasshopper to forage for food among the cabbage tree palms and bush shrubs growing nearby. He is also said to have created ‘aljurr’, (Leichhardt’s grasshopper) who goes looking for Namarrkon during electrical storms……
Suggested learning activities: Create your own Dreaming story using your favourite insect as the main character. How do they represent a natural phenomenon such as the weather? How do they utilise this phenomenon to carry out their story? (a Dreaming story could correspond to another tribal legend of creation from the various indigenous groups from around the world) create a narrative about nature e.g., storms, floods, rain, hail, fire, rivers etc inspired by some of the dreamtime stories. Explain in your own words what the dreamtime perspective of lighting is. How is this different or similar to your understanding of lightning?
When a wolf actually does appear, the villagers do not believe the boy’s cries for help, and the flock is destroyed. The moral of the story is that untruths will not be rewarded; even if they tell the truth, no one believes them.