Callum's map

Callum's place learning map is a landscape picture of the wetlands. It has blue water with water birds, green grass along the shoreline and trees in the background. It is not in the Western tradition of the romantic pastorale, however, but is a complex drawing that integrates humans and human-made artefacts with natural features. In the centre of the blue water there is a beautifully formed black swan and a grebe nearby on her twiggy nest of eggs floating on the water. Another smaller bird swims a little further away. Around the edge of the water are upright reeds and bulrushes with prominent seed heads, and the logs that have been placed there in the construction of the wetlands to provide habitat. On one side of the shoreline the constructed bird hide is depicted as a large rectangular structure on pylons, its timber paling walls cut into small openings to make space for viewing. Shadowy human shapes are

Callum's map

Figure 4.3 Callum's map

barely visible inside the bird hide and in one opening there appears to be a small face with a camera looking out. The text in this learning map is minimal and is written along a horizontal line drawn at the top of the map: How do grebes and swans feed? (Figure 4.3).

The graceful black swan is the dominant feature in this map, astutely observed and depicted as part of the constructed landscape of the wetlands. Human-made elements include the bird hide built to protect the waterbirds from human intrusion into their nesting and feeding places. The bird hide allows the child to become invisible in order to view the lifeworlds of the water birds. Humans are barely visible within this landscape drawing but their presence is integrated in the placement of habitat and the constructed bird hide. In order to answer his wondering question the child has to decentre himself. The human is decentred but integrated within the place through the construction of the hide and their viewing porthole.

 
Source
< Prev   CONTENTS   Source   Next >