Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with Dhunghutti Humpty

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naidoc week 2022
11.00am to 11.45am - Wednesday 29th June 2022
aboriginal language acquisition

Watch Dorsey and Jo perform below, for those that enrolled the words and the song are below.
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This 40-minute program invites teachers to join a live event where Aboriginal artist and educator, Dorsey Smith – along with his co-host Jo Tuscano teach children how to sing in Dhunghutti.

The children learn how Dhunghutti Humpty Dumpty fell out of the tree and how it was Humpty’s mob who showed up to help him get up, stand up to be put back together again.

The children learn Aboriginal words in Dhunghutti, they learn the meaning of falling and breaking and then getting up and showing up again. They learn it is a team effort. This is a fun event involving storytelling, ceremony, art, symbolism, metaphor and song. It is a fusion of western and Aboriginal storytelling.


  • This activity allows children access to an Indigenous interpretation of a popular story by fusing Aboriginal and Western content and delivery. 
  • Allows Indigenous children to see themselves and their culture reflected back to them and fosters a sense and pride in terms of their representations being included in mainstream storytelling.
  • Allows non-Indigenous children to have permission to learn and sing in language.
  • Teaches new vocabulary in English and language.
  • Teaches co-operative strategies for problem solving.
  • Teaches narrative building through storytelling arc and question and answer element. 
Dhunghutti is the Language of the People of the mid north coast of NSW. Please note it is spelt several different ways. 
Dorsey Smith, the artist/educator and co-writer of this program, has chosen the above spelling for V10_Buthi Storybook. 
Activity for the Classroom
This activity focuses on an imaginative re-telling of the story of Humpty from an Indigenous perspective. It focuses on collaboration through singing and problem-solving skills. The skills set includes development in aural processing, visuo-spatial skill building vocabulary building in English and Dunghutti language. It empowers creative, imaginative narrative building processes.
Learning through Play
Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they explore, create, visualise and imagine.

The activities provide for children to play with other children; create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings.
Two Way Learning
The term ‘two-way learning’ is also known as ‘both way schooling’ and ‘bilingual education’. Bilingual educational programs include the teaching of literacy skills in First Language as a prerequisite for the introduction of literacy in English. The Lessons are cross-referenced so language consolidation happens.
Cross-cultural Education
We believe that all Australians benefit from unique aspects of Aboriginal education. A broader understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practices starting in early years helps with abstract thinking and imaginative outcomes. These directives are critical 21st century skills.
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Jo Tuscano
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Dorsey Smith
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