Playing as becoming

sharing Australian Aboriginal voices on play

Lyn Fasoli, Alison Wunungmurra, Veronica Ecenarro, Alma Fleet

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlay in early childhood education
Subtitle of host publicationlearning in diverse contexts
EditorsMarjory Ebbeck, Manjula Waniganayake
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780195569049
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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