Riding the Black Cockatoo Essay

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Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis
These questions require you to use three different comprehension skills!
Introduction
1. What is ‘The Dreamtime?’
The dreamtime is when the Indigenous Australians thought the world begun created by the rainbow serpent.
2. Who are Kurrumuruk and Yemurraki?
Kurrumuruk is the great Murray cod who was chased by Yemurraki, the rainbow serpent.
3. Where is Wamba Wamba country?
The Wamba Wamba country is in Victoria near the Murray River.
4. What is meant by the term ‘Reconciliation’, and how does the process relate to this book?
Reconciliation is the balancing of the book of history.

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Chapter 1
1.  The author foreshadows his ‘family secret’ with which simile? Why is
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5.  What was John’s father’s “other passion”? 21
His other passion was sports.
6.  Page 22 further clarifies and categorises his father’s collections. List and describe the categories.
There were the outside stuff; the things that were too big to be kept inside. There was the downstairs stuff; these filled the draws and cupboards. Then there were the upstairs stuff; the objects deemed special enough to live with them.
7.  On page 24 John describes his bedroom walls as “closing in on him”. What do you think he means by this?
It meant that there were too many memories coming back to mind.
8.  Throughout pages 26- 3,1 John is recounting an iconic Australian television show. What is it, and what was it about?
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, it was about a 2 boys on an adventure.
9.  In a few sentences, explain the linkage between both stories and why Danalis is usixng it (use some information from the text to assist your response).
Skippy is one of the first people to help Indigenous Australians and he feels the same way.
10.  Aboriginal culture is discussed in different ways throughout this book. What is ‘pointing the bone’?

11.  To what tribe did the character ‘Tara’ belong?
12.  In a few sentences explain why you think Mary was placed “high on the mantelpiece and never mocked or ridiculed.” Can you also identify any reason why Mary’s placement was different than John’s grandparents’ ashes and false

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