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Aboriginal perspectives

The teacher embeds Aboriginal perspectives into a unit of work through an investigation into the Aboriginal land management practice of fire-stick farming. The students consider the ways in which Aboriginal Australians used fire in the past and present and research the procedure of fire-stick farming. Students then demonstrate ...

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Aboriginal astronomy

Many ancient cultures studied the night sky, and we know this because it is reflected in some of the earliest stories we have on record. Learn about one of these stories in this video. Other than the Dreamtime stories, what other evidence might there be that the Aboriginal people studied the stars?

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Aboriginal astronomy

This resource is designed to support the teaching of Australian Aboriginal astronomy in Stage 3. It includes many examples of how Aboriginal people used their knowledge of astronomy to manage daily activities, such as food gathering and ceremonial activities. It also highlights how they explained the origins of many features ...

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Aboriginal seasonal calendars

This is a multilayered resource about the seasonal calendars of nine Aboriginal peoples of mainland Australia. It opens as a map of Australia with hyperlinks to a seasonal table for each group, giving the seasons’ language names, their weather and other features, and the months of the year in which they fall. There are ...

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Preserving Aboriginal languages

Explore some of the challenges facing many Aboriginal languages and how one man is trying to preserve these 'ancient words'. Consider, too, why languages are important.

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Contemporary Aboriginal Media

This online resource provides teachers with direct links to national and Western Australian based Aboriginal media arts programs, filmmakers, producers, digital artists, media broadcasters in film, radio and print media, film making protocols, and suggests relevant mobile applications for study or use by students.

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Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve

This is a collection of 17 digital curriculum resources focusing on the daily life of people at the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in the second half of the 19th century. It is organised into six categories - Coranderrk people; conditions on the reserve; Coranderrk leaders; growing hops; making money from tourists; and issues ...

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Aboriginal women, 1928?

This black-and-white photograph shows two women returning from a successful hunting trip with their tools and a wallaby they have killed. The woman on the left has a digging stick while the other appears to be holding a club-like tool made from hardwood with a resin handle. Their hunting dog sits at bottom left of the photograph. ...

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Walking on Aboriginal land

Benjamin Church works for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Watch as Ben welcomes visitors through the Welcome to Country ceremony. Why do people place leaves in the fire? What does that signify? As Ben takes his visitors through the Royal Botanic Gardens, he explains the importance of land to Aboriginal people.

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Understanding Aboriginal English

Australian English has evolved to adopt terms from Aboriginal languages, some of which are widely used. 'Yakka' and 'bung' are two examples. Can you think of some more? Aboriginal communities have likewise adopted English terms, like 'deadly' but with different meanings, creating 'Aboriginal English'. Can you think of some ...

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Mapping Aboriginal knowledge of the bush

This is a resource about a collaborative study carried out by the CSIRO and the Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia to map the peoples’ knowledge of bush tucker associated with the Daly and Fitzroy Rivers and develop seasonal calendars. The resource consists of an online article from ‘Australian ...

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What is the meaning of the Aboriginal flag?

This resource is an online unit of work found on the Australian Government’s International Property (IP) website in the ‘IP In Schools’ section. The unit contains six worksheets (available in both PDF and Rich Text Format) that focus on the use of symbolism in the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag. The worksheets ...

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Teaching Aboriginal languages in schools

Would you like to learn another language? This audio recording features a number of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians discussing both the teaching of Aboriginal languages in schools and the benefits that this teaching offers all Australians.

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Aboriginal literature and oral histories

This online library provides teachers with links to a wide range of books by Aboriginal authors and illustrators, and engage with many local storytellers to enhance students’ understanding of and experience with Indigenous Australia arts and culture. Included are links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander books, authors, ...

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Aboriginal traditional knowledge and storytelling

This online resource library gives teachers direct access to cultural organisations and educators specialising in cultural awareness and traditional knowledge/storytelling.

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Preserving Aboriginal languages and culture.

This online library provides teachers with resources to access Aboriginal arts, culture and language centres; museums; mobile applications and research information.

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Keeping Aboriginal culture alive

Watch as a group of Aboriginal city children are taken on a trip to the country to find out how to make a didgeridoo, use bush medicine and what plants and insects can provide food. How important do you think it is for all of us to gain an insight into their Aboriginal heritage so that it can be kept alive for future generations?

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Aboriginal rights - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, students create a photographic essay about Australia's Indigenous peoples’ struggle for recognition and civil rights. The students use Windows MovieMaker software to make their essay. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Aboriginal stockmen and the pastoral industry

This is a collection of ten digital curriculum resources focusing on the contribution of Aboriginal stockmen to the Australian cattle industry, particularly in northern Australia. It is grouped into three categories: working on cattle stations; occasional work as guides; and striking for better pay and conditions. The collection ...

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Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve, 1880

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve near Healesville in Victoria, taken in 1880. It is a general view, showing some farm buildings and cows grazing in a fenced paddock. There are scrub and trees in the foreground, and a hill behind a line of trees in the background.