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Reflection questions and activities for ‘The kujika from Yanyuwa’

Staff  |  18 August 2016

Read the article ‘The kujika from Yanyuwa’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.

1. For Malarndirri McCarthy, what does the kujika have to do with her journalism career?

2. What does Malarndirri mean when she says, ‘I played well with the kujika’?

3. Why would a past career in journalism be a helpful experience for a politician? What other experience do you think would be helpful to a politician?

4. What is community radio? How is it different from other radio stations? What are the community radio stations in your area? 

a. Why would community radio be an important place to ask questions? 

b. How does it represent the community?  

5. Malarndirri says it wasn’t one particular moment that caused her to go into politics but wanting to help more. As Christians and in this Year of Mercy, how are we called to help more? What can you do?


1. School radio: Wouldn’t it be amazing if your school or class had a radio station?! Why not create a radio show about the going on’s of your school. Students can break up into two groups to brainstorm ‘story ideas’ for your class or school’s radio show. Students could interview sports teams, clubs or students achieving or doing great things, or tackle an issue. Groups could also ‘cover’ fundraising, social justice or special events. 

You could create your radio show into a podcast and post it on your school’s or class’s website.

Learn to make a podcast here.

2. Create a story, song or poem that could serve as a map of where your favourite vacation destination or where your family is originally from. How does your song/story/poem act as a map of the place? What does your song/story/poem tell about your family's or community's culture, tradition and history?

For younger students

What symbols best represent you and your story? Create a poster showing your symbols using drawings or pictures cut out from a magazine.

Further Learning

1. What do you think of the idea of the 'kujika', that each culture has a set of stories and knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation? What are some examples of knowledge that has been passed down to you?

2. How are stories and knowledge passed down from generation to generation in institutions such as the Catholic Church? What other examples can you come up with of institutions that pass down stories and knowledge from generation to generation? How is it done in those institutions?

3. Why do you think it's important that these institutions have ways of passing down stories and knowledge to future generations? 

4. How have these methods of passing down information affected your life? 

5. In the light of this, why do you think the kujika is so important for Aboriginal people like Malarndirri? Why would they be so keen to preserve the kujika?


Topic tags: heroesandrolemodels, indigenousaustralians, australianidentity, vocationsandlifechoices

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