The Rainbow Serpent

Can you remember any of the wow words that were in the written version of this story that we read in class?

How is the animation different from the written story?

I have also added a video with some Australian scenery too. Can you write some sentences to describe this place?
There is another video with some information about the Aborigines.

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26 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    usman said,

    I love aboriginal stories it is so interacting stories if you want to have a look just go on dustechoes on Google.

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      PAIGE! said,

      I agree Usman I think learning about Aboringnal stories are really intreasting I also searched dust echoes in google and it is also a very good intreasting site I enjoyed watching the videos they are very good!

  2. 3

    shawon said,

    I liked the aboriginal stories it was so interesting.

  3. 4

    karolina said,

    I really enjoy looking at these stories i think they are great to learn about. This is a very fun topic i really love it i think it is fab.

  4. 5

    karolina said,

    This topic is really amazing i love it ithink we should do more on it.

  5. 6

    karolina said,

    These video clips are so amazing i enjoyed watching them they are fantastic. Whst do ou think everyone?

  6. 7

    PAIGE! said,

    I think that these videos will help us with are Aboringnal storys also I looked at the Aboringnal stories from last yr 4 who are now are yr 5 and theres a story called `The Mermaid`.

  7. 8

    karolina said,

    These videos are really helping me they are fab and interesting i love them.

  8. 10

    karolina said,

    These videos are mind blowing i really loved watching them.

  9. 11

    mya said,

    Everyones right, aborginal stories are really interesting and I really enjoy doing them. It seems like Australia is very dry looking at the photos.

  10. 12

    karolina said,

    These videos are amazing i reall love them they are really helpig me i think all of these site are fabolous.

  11. 16

    karolina said,

    These games are mind blowing.

  12. 18

    Bismah said,

    Here is my homework about Aboriginal Art:
    Aboriginal art has existed for many thousands of years. Some of the rock carvings and aboriginal paintings are 30,000 years old. A Bradshaw painting is one of oldest and most popular of rock paintings. There is a legend attached with Bradshaw paintings. The Aborigines believe the birds pecked the rocks and when their beaks bled they painted the images with their tail. Did you know bark paintings are the oldest form of Aboriginal paintings? However, not many bark paintings exist today. The traditional art of the Aborigines was focused on portraying and narrating the stories of the “Dreamtime”, a creation myth of the Aborigines. Some Aboriginal art works depict the world around them. Kangaroos, crocodiles and kookaburras are included in paintings. Certain paintings depict the skeleton and organs of people and animals. The colors used in ancient Aboriginal art were natural shades of earth colors such as red, brown and yellow. The other colors used were white made from pipe clay and charcoal made by burning wood. The colors used in ancient Aboriginal art were natural shades of earth colors such as red, brown and yellow. The other colors used were white made from pipe clay and charcoal made by burning wood.

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    Bismah said,

    Here is my homework about Australian Animals:

    Australias most dangerous animals:

    Red Back Spider:
    This species found all over the continent is Australia’s most famous deadly spider. The red striped spider has a neurotic venom that induces severe pain, however, deaths are rare. Thousands of people are bitten but only approximately 20% of the victims require treatment. Generally, the children and the elderly are the most exposed to the spider’s threat.

    Great White Shark:
    This exceptionally large shark known as the white death is known as world’s largest known predatory. They can be found in great numbers on the southern coasts of Australia and, even though they have often been depicted as fatal to humans, they do not target them as a prey. Many of the attacks we’re not fatal, the shark only performing test-biting, out of curiosity. Humans are not a good meal, considering the shark’s slow digestion compared to the human’s muscle to fat ratio.

    Blue Ring Octopus
    one of the most toxic sea creatures in the world found off the coast of Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Even though the octopus is only the size of a golf ball,it causes motor paralysis, eventually leading to cardiac arrest. First aid treatment consists of pressure on the wound and mouth-to-mouth breathing that can last for several hours.

    Stone Fish:
    Known as the most venomous fish in the world, the stone fish lives on the bottom of the reefs, camouflaged as a rock in Australia.It lives above the Tropic of Capricorn but can be found in the Queensland Great Barrier Reef as well. It’s venom comes from the dorsal area, that is lined with 13 spines, causing shock, paralysis and tissue death depending on the severity of the sting. The pain is said to be so excruciating that it lead to amputating the affected limb.

    I hope you have learnt lots about Australias most dangerous animals.

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    Bismah. said,

    I agree Karolina.

    Here is my homework.

    About the Aborigines:

    Aborigines are Australia’s indigenous people.
    Australian Aborigines, came from somewhere in Asia more than 40,000 years ago. Aborigines first arrived in Australia in 50,00 BC. They came in small groups from Southeast Asia. In 1780 the aboriginal population was thought to be 300,000 , with about 500 different tribes.

    Aboriginal art:

    Aboriginal art is one of the oldest surviving art forms still practiced today. As a style it has been documented to be many thousands of years old. The oldest of the paintings likely being several thousand years old in caves. Some Aboriginal Artists paint in non-traditional styles. Traditional Aboriginal paintings always have a story because the Aboriginal people do not have a written language and the only way they can tell their cultural story is through painting and songs. Aboriginal art has existed for many thousands of years. Some of the rock carvings and aboriginal paintings are 30,000 years old.
    A Bradshaw painting is one of oldest and most popular of rock paintings. There is a legend attached with Bradshaw paintings. The Aborigines believe that the the birds pecked the rocks and when their beaks bled they painted the images with their tail. Did you know bark paintings are the oldest form of Aboriginal paintings? However, not many bark paintings exist today. Aborigines used materials such as carved logs and tree stumps and bark to draw and paint. The traditional art of the Aborigines was focused on portraying and narrating the stories of the “Dreamtime”, a creation myth of the Aborigines. The colours used in ancient Aboriginal art were natural shades of earth colours such as red, brown and yellow. The other colours used were white made from pipe clay and charcoal made by burning wood. Aboriginal art and paintings interpret the traditions and culture of the Aborigines.

    I hope you have learnt lots about the Aborigines.

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    Bismah. said,

    Here is my homework about the Aboriginies:

    Aboriginal art has existed for many thousands of years. Some of the rock carvings and aboriginal paintings are 30,000 years old.
    A Bradshaw painting is one of oldest and most popular of rock paintings. There is a legend attached with Bradshaw paintings. The Aborigines believe that if the birds pecked the rocks when their beaks bled they painted the images with their tail. Did you know bark paintings are the oldest form of Aboriginal paintings? However, not many bark paintings exist today.The traditional art of the Aborigines was focused on portraying and narrating the stories of the “Dreamtime”, a creation myth of the Aborigines. Some Aboriginal art works depict the world around them. Kangaroos, crocodiles and kookaburras are included in paintings. Certain paintings depict the skeleton and organs of people and animals. The colous used in ancient Aboriginal art were natural shades of earth colous such as red, brown and yellow. The other colous used were white made from pipe clay and charcoal made by burning wood.

    Aborigines are Australia’s indigenous people.
    Australian aborigines, native people of Australia who probably came from somewhere in Asia more than 40,000 years ago.

    Aboriginie Music:

    The music of the Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders is very much part of the social fabric of their life, their history and their culture. It has a haunting and mysterious quality that draws the listener into the history, culture and the ancient dreamtime of the Aboriginal people.Indigenous Australian music, in this context, is taken to include the music of the Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, who are collectively referred to as indigenous Australians. Music has formed an integral part of the social, cultural and ceremonial observances of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, down through the millennia of their individual and collective histories to the present day.

    I hope you have learnt lots about Aboriginies.

  16. 22

    Bismah. said,

    Here is my homework about AUstralian animals:

    Australias most dangerous animals:

    Red Back Spider:

    This species found all over the continent is Australia’s most famous deadly spider. The red striped spider has a neurotic venom that induces severe pain, however, deaths are rare. Thousands of people are bitten but only approximately 20% of the victims require treatment. Generally, the children and the elderly are the most exposed to the spider’s threat.

    Great White Shark:

    This exceptionally large shark known as the white death is known as world’s largest known predatory. They can be found in great numbers on the southern coasts of Australia and, even though they have often been depicted as fatal to humans, they do not target them as a prey. Many of the attacks we’re not fatal, the shark only performing test-biting, out of curiosity. Humans are not a good meal, considering the shark’s slow digestion compared to the human’s muscle to fat ratio.

    Blue Ring Octopus
    one of the most toxic sea creatures in the world found off the coast of Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Even though the octopus is only the size of a golf ball,it causes motor paralysis, eventually leading to cardiac arrest. First aid treatment consists of pressure on the wound and mouth-to-mouth breathing that can last for several hours.

    Stone Fish:

    Known as the most venomous fish in the world, the stone fish lives on the bottom of the reefs, camouflaged as a rock in Australia.It lives above the Tropic of Capricorn but can be found in the Queensland Great Barrier Reef as well. It’s venom comes from the dorsal area, that is lined with 13 spines, causing shock, paralysis and tissue death depending on the severity of the sting. The pain is said to be so excruciating that it lead to amputating the affected limb.

    I hope you have learnt lots about the most dangerous animals in Australia.

  17. 23

    Hermina said,

    I love reading aboriginal stories these are grate I think it fun to read about. I know some animals in Australia there are kangroo,crocodile koalas,and also snakes.

  18. 24

    Hermina said,

    I have a story called wayamba the turtle.
    The turtle man was out gathering food when he saw the lizard man’s wife named Oola and her three children digging yams.Wayamba decided he would like a wife family so he took them home.When Wayamba tribe saw what he had done they were very angry.They approched the turtle man and said you are going to be punished for this. and the turtle man laughed.Early next morning he saw the fury of his tribe as they showerd him with spears.Wayamba chose the two biggest shield that he had,one slung on his back and one on his front.As the spears came whizzing through the air,Wayamba drew his arms inside the shields and ducked his head down between them.Shower after shower of weapons they slung at him and they were getting closer so that his only chance to get away was to dive into the creek and the tribe never saw him again .But in the water hole were he had dived ,they saw a strane creature which had a plate fixed on its back.When they tried to catch the creature ,it drew in its head and limbs.So they said,its Wayamba. and this was the beginning wayamba or turtles in the creek.

  19. 25

    Hermina said,

    I enjoyed the story of wayamba the turtle.

  20. 26

    PAIGE! said,

    This is my homework!
    This is a story from South Africa!!!! I couldn`t find one from Australlia.
    HUNGER and want forced Monkey one day to forsake his land and to seek elsewhere among strangers for much-needed work. Bulbs, earth beans, scorpions, insects, and such things were completely exhausted in his own land. But fortunately he received, for the time being, shelter with a great uncle of his, Orang Outang, who lived in another part of the country.
    When he had worked for quite a while he wanted to return home, and as recompense his great uncle gave him a fiddle and a bow and arrow and told him that with the bow and arrow he could hit and kill anything he desired, and with the fiddle he could force anything to dance.
    The first he met upon his return to his own land was Brer Wolf. This old fellow told him all the news and also that he had since early morning been attempting to stalk a deer, but all in vain.
    Then Monkey laid before him all the wonders of the bow and arrow that he carried on his back and assured him if he could but see the deer he would bring it down for him. When Wolf showed him the deer, Monkey was ready and down fell the deer.
    They made a good meal together, but instead of Wolf being thankful, jealousy overmastered him and he begged for the bow and arrow. When Monkey refused to give it to him, he thereupon began to threaten him with his greater strength, and so when Jackal passed by, Wolf told him that Monkey had stolen his bow and arrow. After Jackal had heard both of them, he declared himself unqualified to settle the case alone, and he proposed that they bring the matter to the court of Lion, Tiger, and the other animals. In the meantime he declared he would take possession of what had been the cause of their quarrel, so that it would be safe, as he said. But he immediately brought to earth all that was eatable, so there was a long time of slaughter before Monkey and Wolf agreed to have the affair in court.
    Monkey’s evidence was weak, and to make it worse, Jackal’s testimony was against him. Jackal thought that in this way it would be easier to obtain the bow and arrow from Wolf for himself.
    And so fell the sentence against Monkey. Theft was looked upon as a great wrong; he must hang.
    The fiddle was still at his side, and he received as a last favor from the court the right to play a tune on it.
    He was a master player of his time, and in addition to this came the wonderful power of his charmed fiddle. Thus, when he struck the first note of “Cockcrow” upon it, the court began at once to show an unusual and spontaneous liveliness, and before he came to the first waltzing turn of the old tune the whole court was dancing like a whirlwind.
    Over and over, quicker and quicker, sounded the tune of “Cockcrow” on the charmed fiddle, until some of the dancers, exhausted, fell down, although still keeping their feet in motion. But Monkey, musician as he was, heard and saw nothing of what had happened around him. With his head placed lovingly against the instrument, and his eyes half closed, he played on, keeping time ever with his foot.
    Wolf was the first to cry out in pleading tones breathlessly, “Please stop, Cousin Monkey! For love’s sake, please stop!”
    But Monkey did not even hear him. Over and over sounded the resistless waltz of “Cockcrow.”
    After a while Lion showed signs of fatigue, and when he had gone the round once more with his young lion wife, he growled as he passed Monkey, “My whole kingdom is yours, ape, if you just stop playing.”
    “I do not want it,” answered Monkey, “but withdraw the sentence and give me my bow and arrow, and you, Wolf, acknowledge that you stole it from me.”
    “I acknowledge, I acknowledge!” cried Wolf, while Lion cried, at the same instant, that he withdrew the sentence.
    Monkey gave them just a few more turns of the “Cockcrow,” gathered up his bow and arrow, and seated himself high up in the nearest camel thorn tree.
    The court and other animals were so afraid that he might begin again that they hastily disbanded to new parts of the world.


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