Rapscallions everywhere

Paul Allen talks to the class about making rapscallions while two of the completed rapscallions chatter away.

We love rapscallions. That is the name we are using for the characters we are creating to populate our stories. All Indigenous cultures use a pantheon of characters whose stories, or ‘teachings’ as our Aboriginal Advisors have asked us to call them, tell vivid stories which are far more memorable than a list of facts.

Contemporary kachina from New Mexico and the Pueblo cultures.

Haku, our youngest Student Advisor, discussing the concept with a crowd of potential rapscallions.

We are adapting that approach to memory from Australian Aboriginal teachings of their Ancestors, the Native American Pueblo teachings of their kachina (also spelt katsina) and similar examples from across the world. The Pueblo use dolls and other representations of their Kachina to establish the characters and the knowledge they represent for children from a very young age, but these are not playthings. They are central to learning.

Alice Steel with some of the puppet rapscallions she has created. We will be experimenting with many forms.

It would be culturally insensitive for us to use any of the terms for these sacred beings from any indigenous culture. Consequently we have decided to use the word ‘rapscallion’ for our characters. They are appearing in many different forms but the most exciting at this moment are the rapscallions being made by the students at Malmsbury Primary School. That will be the subject of the next post.

For children and adults, having characters tell the stories and create teachings will always make information more memorable. This is a key component of the work of TOC.

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  1. Lynne Kelly Post author

    Thank you for your interest. We are in the early stages of the experiments in schools so will not write until we have more solid data, much as the results are already so exciting. I am not sure what LRI is. We will publish and sell through the site.

    Lynne

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