Aboriginal Literacy Books Teach Reading, Tracking and Hunting

27th Nov 2018

A new set of books designed to help Aboriginal students both learn and improve their reading, will also teach them (and others) how to hunt, track and cook…

The idea for Reading Tracks, a series of 22 colourful middle-school books, was developed over 3 years by author Margret James and came after she joined First Nations Middle school students on hunting and tracking excursions. 

The books were developed in close collaboration with respected Elders including Arrernte Elder MK Turner, Alice Springs Traditional owner Benedict Stevens and Luritja/Western Arrentre Elder Marjorie Williams. 

Designed to help older students who had struggled to grasp reading during their younger years, the first 15 books progress from a beginner reading level and become more complex. 

Ms James told CAAMA Radio that the final 7 books are a more informative and teach how to track, hunt and cook many Australian animals such as goanna, emu and kangaroo, while also educating those who aren’t familiar that First Nations people still track and hunt.

Alice Springs Traditional owner Benedict Stevens who was a major contributor to the books said his son is already benefiting from them.

CAAMA's Teghan Hughes sat down with Margret James, Benedict Stevens and Marjorie Williams to find out more about the books and the wonderful collaboration that has gone into them.

To hear the interview ---- CLICK BELOW ----->

A set of the Reading Tracks books have been presented to students at Yirrara and St Philip’s College. CAAMA was at St Phillips Collage to capture the presentation and speak with Renee Taylor from St Phillips about what it means for 

By Teghan Hughes