Activity Thirteen: Responding to The Tribe Series
Students could be asked to complete one of the following writing tasks to demonstrate their understanding, interpretation and evaluation of The Tribe series by Ambelin Kwaymullina.
Option 1: Write a review of one book in the series, or the whole trilogy.
Option 2: Write an analytical essay (also known as an Interpretation) based on one of the following questions:
(a) Is Ashala a good leader? (easy – suitable for students in early secondary school)
(b) In The Tribe series, to what extent does Kwaymullina challenge or extend traditional fantasy conventions (including character archetypes)? (harder – suitable for experienced readers)
Option 3: Choose a fantasy novel by another author. Based on what you have learnt reading The Tribe series and reading articles by and/or listening to interviews with Ambelin Kwaymullina, write a critical evaluation addressing the following question: Is human diversity represented in the novel? If so, what forms of diversity are present (e.g., Indigenous peoples, Peoples of Colour, LGBTIQA+, peoples with a disability, women)? What forms are not present? How successful is the author at portraying the diversity in their novel? If there is no diversity in the novel, do you think this matters? Why/why not?