Immerse your students in this journey with Dr Noel Nannup, respected Aboriginal Elder, story-teller and cultural guide. Let him take your students to significant sites around Perth and explain their cultural importance to Aboriginal people and how they are sustainably managed today.

How to use this resource:

  • You can either use the videos below on their own as part of your own lesson or with one of our lesson plans.
  • Start with The Waugal to tell the story of how the Rainbow Serpent created life and set the scene for your students. This video has been created with a 3D soundscape so your class will be engaged and fully immersed in the story. Use headphones for the best experience.
  • Choose a location near your school to provide your students with context of their local area, or work your way through them all.
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that some of the content below may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, videos and audio recordings. 


The Waugal

The Waugal is a snake or rainbow serpent recognised by Noongar people as the giver of life who maintains all fresh water sources.

 

Other story locations

Lake Joondalup

Hear the story of the tall Charnock spirit woman and how Lake Joondalup got its name.

 

Kings Park

Learn about Kings Park and its special significance to Noongar people.

 

Gnangara groundwater system

One of the precious water sources that the Waugal created is the Gnangara Mound, a huge aquifer that is Perth’s largest source of fresh water.

 

Bennett Brook

Kordiny Karla Boodjar or Bennett Brook is an important part of the Waugal creation story and it’s also the life stream of Whiteman Park.