Name: Marlea Mason, 8 Home: Sydney, Australia
Identified background: Aboriginal (a-bor-I-ji-nal), or native Australian
Language: Koori English
Religion/Culture: Aboriginal culture is an oral culture of storytelling, dancing, singing and the Dreamtime. The Dreamtime story of creation says that our ancestors walked the earth and created things from dreams and visions.
Favorite subject in school: Science
Favorite food: Fried rice
Living situation: “I live with my mum and my little brother David.”
Parents ’ work: “My mum works at Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre. She is an administration officer.”
Favorite sport: Netball, a game like basketball
What she wants to be when she grows up: A police officer
What she knows about the United States: “There are lots of people, and they speak funny.”
-By: MARIANNA LEISHMAN, COMMON LANGUAGE PROJECT
LEARN A LITTLE KOORI, CUZ!
Koori is a dialect of English, meaning that it is mostly like the English we know, but it has some different vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Some examples:
Having a yarn: talking
Deadly: awesome or funny
Gubba: a white man
Gunies: police officer
AUSTRALIA QUICK FACTS
Population: 20 million
Ethnic groups: White (92%); Asian (7%); Aboriginal and other (1%)
Languages: English (79%); Chinese (2%); Italian (2%); Other (11%); Unspecified (6%)
History: Australia has been inhabited for more than 42,000 years by indigenous people. Australia was colonized by Britain in 1770 and became a self-governing commonwealth in 1901.