Riding the Black Cockatoo

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Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis These questions require you to use three different comprehension skills! Introduction 1. What is ‘The Dreamtime?’ The dreamtime is when the Indigenous Australians thought the world begun created by the rainbow serpent. 2. Who are Kurrumuruk and Yemurraki? Kurrumuruk is the great Murray cod who was chased by Yemurraki, the rainbow serpent. 3. Where is Wamba Wamba country? The Wamba Wamba country is in Victoria near the Murray River. 4. What is meant by the term ‘Reconciliation’, and how does the process relate to this book? Reconciliation is the balancing of the book of history. Image: Lumnitzer Chapter 1 1.  The author foreshadows his ‘family secret’ with which simile? Why is…show more content…
It is significant because the Indigenous have a strong connection with their land. It is a difficult thing to part with their land not to say the emotional damage it does to them. ‘You’re going home’ Chapter 3 1.  What is the name for the indigenous unit at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)? 2.  Here, John approaches Craig at the University. Who is Craig, and how well do they know each other? 3.  At the beginning of one of Craig’s lectures, he demonstrated, using coins, the way in which Aboriginal people were viewed by ‘White’ society. Explain John’s message. 4.  Even though the 50c coin often has a different image, why does it still serve to reinforce the point Craig was making? 5.  On page 38, John Danalis says he had “something sensitive” to discuss with Craig. Briefly recount what it was. 6.  Describe the emotions that John says Craig must have felt when he informed him of the “something sensitive”. 7. On page 40, Johns feels he had bonds to the Aboriginal people. Explain what he meant. 8.  Where did John say he understood Mary came from? What were her origins? 9.  What was John referring to when he saw, “A collection of nations - I had never seen before.” 41 10.  Name the tribes that Danalis says were found in Victoria. 11.  In a few sentences explain the implications behind the words in the phrase “savage head-hunters display white man’s head.” page 43 12. Are there any stereotypes

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