Activities - Aboriginal Totems and Sustainability
1. Choose an animal
People have a special connection to their totem. What is your favourite animal or flower? Write a list of its characteristics that make it special to you and why it is special.
2. Create your Totem
Go outside and choose an animal or plant that you see. This is now your totem! Draw a symbol that represents your totem and write a poem about it. Collect natural materials from the garden, park or school grounds. Recreate your totem as a piece of art.
3. Watch a video
Watch the video about the long-finned eels at Centennial Parklands. What do they eat? Why do the eels decide to leave the Centennial Parklands ponds? How do they move from the ponds to the ocean? Which part of the life cycle did Burramattagal allow eel to be caught for food? How does this protect the eel?
4. Write a story
Write a creative story from the perspective of an eel embarking on its amazing journey. You may like to use the drawings as inspiration, or even include them in your story!