About Us

BEGINNING YARN STRONG SISTA by Annette Sax, Taungurung

While I was studying an Aboriginal Child Care course at Prahran TAFE in the early 1990s, I was supported by two
close friends to take my knowledge of Indigenous culture into the Early Childhood environment and share it with
children. Yorta Yorta Academic woman Dr. Sue Lopez-Atkinson, Arakwal Educator Delta Kay and myself founded
YSS as we all saw the importance of reflecting Aboriginal pedagogies into the curriculum could have on the ways that others understood First Nations cultures, and in the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
communities.

 

At the same time, I met the late Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner, a Gunditjmara Elder who told us a story about her
childhood adventure of hunting for possums. Iris and her brother Charlie would look for possum scratch marks on the bark of the gum tree cause that’s the way they knew there was a possum hiding up in the tree! Charlie was a great tracker and could always find the mother emu and echidna tracks. They would also take with them their billy tea and damper for morning tea.

 

Over the years, the Cultural Knowledges shared by strong Aboriginal women and men inspired me to develop and
design toys and resources to reflect Aboriginal Pedagogy. We have meaningful relationships with Aboriginal Artists,Authors and Specialists in creating cultural resources, and building a platform to supply these in educational settings and to the public.

 

WHAT WE DO: Aboriginal Pedagogy, Social Justice and Self-Determination
Yarn Strong Sista specialise in a range of services, including visits to Early Childhood environments to facilitate storytelling and arts workshops with children, hosting Professional Development training for Educators, facilitating arts activities and face-painting at festivals and events, and providing First Nations designed resources and educational tools on our website. We work beyond Early Years, customising our programs to meet the curriculum needs of Primary and Secondary students, and work in community contexts supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Resources include: Artefacts, Dolls, Children’s Music,Children’s Books, Games, Felt Hand and Finger Puppets, Felt Mats for Storytelling, Puzzles, and Teachers Resource Guides.

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