Yarning on Wiilmen Boodjar and Traditional Doll Making | Deadly Arts

Drama Visual Arts Age 5-12

Discover the significance of Deadly Arts yarning, yarning circles and storytelling from two Noongar artists, Marcelle Riley and Yolande Yarran-Ward. Listen and watch as they explain the process of eco-dyeing used to create unique fabrics that reflect the boodja (country) where they are made and find out how traditional dollmaking is used to share stories with communities.

Students will love exploring different textiles, experimenting with plants to dye fabric and create their own traditional dolls with their own community. Inquire into the natural world to discover how plants release natural dyes. Reflect on connections to people, places and communities and make traditional dolls so that students can share their own stories.

Explore yarning circles with your class to develop an inclusive and respectful space where students feel safe to share ideas and be listened to. Through sharing their own stories, listening to each other and respecting different viewpoints, students develop empathy, make stronger connections and increase their sense of belonging.

Students will also reflect on statements by First Nations artists and community members and create and present an artwork that expresses their own identity.

What's Inside?

  • Video
  • 6 x 60 minute lesson plans aligned to the Australian Curriculum
  • Student activities sheets
  • Templates to make your own Story Doll
  • Tips for culturally responsive teaching
  • Teaching Artists statements
  • Frequently asked questions from teachers about how to use the resources appropriately
  • Community reflections
  • Links to further First Nations resources