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Talkback Classroom, 2007: Yirrkala bark petition

In this clip Franchesca Cubillo (senior curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) talks to secondary students about the significance of Aboriginal artwork and the Yirrkala bark petition of 1963. She says that when a bauxite mine was proposed on the Gove Pensinsula, the Yolngu people at Yirrkala had ...

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Australian protest badges, 1985-95

These are five enamelled metal badges relating to environmental and Indigenous activism in Australia between 1985 and 1995. Each badge has symbols and slogans. The following text communicates the five messages: 'NO FORESTS / NO FUTURE', 'NO TIME TO WASTE / GREENPEACE', 'White Australia has a black history', 'MAY DAY 1993, ...

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First Australians, episode 7: We are no longer shadows, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips focus on Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo's land claim. The first clip describes the background to his struggle for land rights and its context in the civil rights movement; the second highlights Queensland legislation to try to block the claim ...

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Djarrwark ga Dhalwanu, 1998

This is one of 80 bark paintings in the Saltwater Collection, created by artists of the Yolgnu people of north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. These works highlight the issue of Indigenous land and sea rights and use sacred art to inform balanda (non-Indigenous people) of Aboriginal land ownership, in order ...

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Yolngu sea country: miny'tji (clan designs)

This is an information resource about the distinctive designs or miny'tji belonging to individual Yolngu clans living in the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. It consists of explanatory text and examples of miny'tji belonging to the Gumatj and Madarrpa clans of the Yirritja moiety (half) and to the Marakulu and ...

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Yolngu sea country: sea rights

This is a resource about how the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land achieved exclusive legal rights to their sea country in Blue Mud Bay in 2008. It consists of text that explains the strategic importance of the Saltwater paintings and gives: a broad chronology of events; an image of Dhanwangu clansman Garwirrin Gamana showing ...

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Yolngu sea country: living by the sea

This is a bark painting depicting the Yolngu people of of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land living and interacting with their land and sea country. It was painted by highly respected Djapu clanswoman, artist and printmaker Marrnyula Mununggurr, who speaks about the work in an accompanying audio file. The painting, ...

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Yolngu sea country: a map of the sea

This is a bark painting titled 'Djarrwak ga Dhalwangu' by Dhalwangu clan Elder Garwirrin Gamana showing the sacred nature of sea country around the mouth of the Baraltja River in north-east Arnhem Land. The painting, which can be enlarged and zoomed, incorporates representations of the lightning snake Mundukul and the creation ...

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EnviroNorth: outback mobs learning module

This is a multilayered website about the outback. It includes an interactive tool titled Outback Mobs and a unit of work for teachers. The unit of work includes a teaching guide; curriculum links; and a bookshelf listing non-fiction and narrative books about the pastoral industry in northern Australia. The interactive component ...

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The Conversation - Indigenous collection

This is a series of short journalistic articles written by academic experts and researchers that provide facts, commentary, and independent analysis about issues, policies and culture relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The articles support student investigations and in-depth studies of issues relevant ...

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Mining Indigenous land

Explore arguments for and against a proposal to mine Indigenous land. Examine interviews with a mining executive, conservationists and Indigenous people. Recommended an action and give reasons to justify your decision.

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Making a difference: Windradyne

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Windradyne, a Wiradjuri warrior and leader. Trace his story, including battles where he led his people against European settlers claiming land around the Bathurst region. Look at Windradyne's efforts to make peace between his people and ...

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Making a difference: Vincent Lingiari

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Vincent Lingiari. Trace his story, including the leadership of the Wave Hill walk-off and the struggle for land rights. Consider the hardship endured by Indigenous peoples living on Wave Hill cattle station. Investigate barriers Lingiari ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the native title claim process, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the process required for lndigenous communities to mount native title claims. Merkel outlines the criteria for native title to be recognised by the Court. He also talks about how the native title process has involved oral ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the importance of native title, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the importance of native title claims. Merkel presents his views about the connection between land and identity for Indigenous people and about successful and unsuccessful native title claims. The recording was made in ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the difficulty of handling refugee cases, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing the difficulty of handling refugee cases. Merkel outlines how criteria from the UN refugee convention are used to make a judgement about whether a person is a genuine refugee. He explains that 'it's a very imperfect process' ...

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Ron Merkel explains why he retired as a judge, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel outlining the reasons why he retired as a judge to resume work as a barrister. Merkel says that Australia had just gone through a period during which human rights had become a 'big issue' and he wanted to focus on human rights in the ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the phrase 'washed away by the tide of history', 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing a High Court of Australia judge's statement that a person's right to native title may have been 'washed away by the tide of history'. Merkel describes the expression, used by one of the judges in the Mabo native title case, ...

Teacher resource

Changing whispers into roars - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea suggests many different activities for developing students’ awareness of change over time using carefully selected images from Australia’s past. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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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.