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After Mabo, 1997: Law stick

The clip shows the Howard government's response to the Wik decision of 23 December 1996 and Indigenous responses to the government's signals that there would be further amendments to the Native Title Act 1993. It shows part of the Aboriginal Land Councils' Wik Summit in 1997. Wik Elder Jean George calls for justice and ...

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What makes your story?

Ngiyaampaa Elder Aunty Beryl Carmichael speaks in this clip about how important it is that Aboriginal people care for, or nurture, their spiritual self. She discusses the way things are connected and the importance of Dreaming stories. She also explains why she passes on knowledge and cultural heritage to younger members ...

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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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Benny and the Dreamers, 1992: Creation

The clip shows Pintupi Elders Benny Tjapaljarri and Mick Ngamurarri explaining the importance of Dreaming. The two men are shown in their country painting and talking. The narrator introduces them as men who left the mission to return to country and traditions. Tjapaljarri and Ngamurarri tell of the Dreaming when the country ...

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The Balanda and the Bark Canoes, 2006: For the future

This clip from the documentary 'The Balanda and the Bark Canoes' (2006) shows the process of making the film 'Ten Canoes' (2006). Director Rolf de Heer explains in voice-over the effect of kinship laws on casting and the subsequent delays in filming. The clip shows the landscape near Ramingining in Arnhem Land and the camp ...

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Embedding Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum

This website presents a range of professional learning and digital resources to support teachers in incorporating Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. It provides resources that enable Australian teachers and students to value, understand and explore Indigenous cultures, languages, histories and stories.

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Indigenous Australian man warding off spears, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.7 cm watercolour showing an Indigenous Australian man holding a shield in front of himself, with fallen spears at his feet, as he faces a group of 14 men. Some are holding spears, apparently watching and waiting, while one is about to throw his spear at the man with the shield. Another group of 11 ...

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Arrernte dawn ceremony, 2001

This colour photograph shows eight Arrernte men taking part in a dawn ceremony at the former Alice Springs Telegraph Station. One man is standing while the others sit in a semicircle around a smoking fire.

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The Tracker, 2002: Blackfella's law

This clip shows the complexity of the role of an Indigenous tracker as he interacts with non-Indigenous and Indigenous people in conflict over whose law applies in a particular situation. The clip opens with the Tracker (David Gulpilil) and the Follower, a white policeman (Damon Gameau), after they have been captured by ...

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Shifting Sands - Promise, 1997: Visits from a promise

This clip relates a grandmother's story of her betrothal, known as her 'promise' marriage. It opens with a shot of the grandmother, in flashback as a young woman meeting the man who has been chosen to be her husband and trying to get to know him after their first meeting. In the present time Granny is shown seated in her ...

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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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Living by the sea, 1998

This painting depicts how the Yolgnu people of north-east Arnhem Land are connected to the sea through kinship and traditional practices. They live by the sea and interact with their environment on a sustainable level, as they understand and respect it. 'Living by the Sea' is one of 80 bark paintings in the Saltwater Collection. ...

Teacher resource

Activities: History, Episode 4 - Religion

This resource for History teachers is focused on the place of religion and spirituality in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 4 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through the ...

Teacher resource

Activities: English, Episode 4 - Religion

This resource for English teachers is focused on the place of religion and spirituality in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 4 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through archival ...

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Twelve canoes: kinship

This is a rich resource about the kinship system of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece, a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller, explains: which relatives are called 'mother', 'father' and 'grandfather'; how people are related to each other and to Country, animals, plants and objects; what ...

Teacher resource

Yolngu sea country: clans and kinship

This is a resource about the kinship system of the Yolngu people of Blue Mud Bay and the Gove peninsula in Arnhem Land. Consisting of an information sheet and an illustration of members of the Marika family, it explains that the principal element of the Yolngu kinship system is membership of a particular clan in either ...