Young Indigenous children in Australia grow up in a range of cultural contexts. By sharing Indigenous stories about play, this chapter provides interesting perspectives on play that challenge conventional approaches. The Indigenous stories highlight the importance of play as the prime way for children to learn their culture. Children learn incidentally and explicitly by participating in the everyday activities of both adults and other children. They also learn by observing, listening to and imitating 'what counts' in their communities. This chapter explores the concept of play as a way Indigenous children learn to be Indigenous, to embody their culture and to learn the adults' views on how to 'be' in a community.
|Title of host publication||Play in early childhood education|
|Subtitle of host publication||learning in diverse contexts|
|Editors||Marjory Ebbeck, Manjula Waniganayake|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne, Australia|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|