We acknowledge all First Peoples of this land and celebrate their enduring connections to Country, knowledge and stories. We pay our respects to Elders and Ancestors who watch over us and guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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First Nations Bedtime Stories

The First Nations Bedtime Stories initiative is a key project from Common Ground, aimed at maintaining and strengthening First Nations cultures. 

Each year we work with First Nations Elders and knowledge custodians to share non-secret Dreaming stories with the next generation of Australians through the medium of film. 

Schools, families and individuals come together to watch five Dreaming stories over five days. These stories are accompanied with educational resources mapped to Primary F-6 school curriculum and Early Learning framework for Australia.

Here's a selection of 4 stories from 10 stories recorded with communities in 2019 and 2020.

Check out www.firstnationsbedtimestories.com to learn more

The Lost Joey

This is a story from Robin Japanangka Granites. At the beginning of the story, Robin shares that he is a Warlpiri ("wawl-puh-ree") man from Yuendumu ("yun-du-mu"). He gives an acknowledgement of Country to the Arrernte ("Uh-rrahn-da") people of Mparntwe (“mm-barndoo- uh”) (Alice Springs) where this story is filmed.

The story shares lessons about the importance of family, knowing your Country, and your connection to place. Robin also shares a song in Warlpiri that tells of the travelling joey as he looks for his mother and tries to understand his connection to Country - to help him get back to his mother.

The One Eyed Rainbow Serpent

This is the story of the One-Eyed Rainbow Serpent. It is a story about the natural environment and teaches us about the importance of looking afterCountry, so it can look after us.

The One-Eyed Rainbow Serpent is a story of the Luritja People, whose lands are to the South and West of Alice Springs, in Central Australia. It is being told by Garrard Anderson, a Luritja, Pintupi, Arrernte, and Warlpiri man, and was filmed in Ulumbarru, a natural springs about 250km West of Alice Spring

Mother Tree

This is a story about a little boy named Tyangkertangkerte (pronounced‘jan-kerr-dan-kerr-da’) who was brought up by a tree. The story is from the EasternArrernte people, whose land land is to the east of Alice Springs, in Central Australia.It is being told by Kathleen Wallace, an Eastern Arrernte woman, and was filmednear Ross River – about 80km East from Alice Springs.

The Two Euro's at Angkerle Atwatye

This is the story from Angkerle Atwatye (“Ungerle at-twa-dge”) about two euros travelling across the land. The story is shared by Doreen McCormack Mukaringa, Elaine Stuart, and Audrey McCormack, from the Mukaringa family of the Arrernte ("Uh-rrahn-da") Nation.

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