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The creation of Trowenna

Different cultures around the world have their own creation stories, explaining how this planet and all the places on it were formed. These stories can tell us much about what is important to each culture. This story, from the Nuenonne people of Bruny Island, explains how Tasmania, known to them as Trowenna, was formed.

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The Awabakal language of the Newcastle area

The Awabakal language, once common in the area now known as Newcastle, was almost 'lost'. It is being brought back to life using old texts and translations left by an early missionary. In this audio clip, listen to a discussion about the importance of reconstructing the Awabakal language and the challenges this poses.

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Learning Dharug, Aboriginal language of Sydney

Imagine a time when the Aboriginal language Dharug was the official language spoken in the Sydney area. During this audio clip, reflect on how the language was considered almost 'lost', but (and) discover how Richard Green and others are piecing the Dharug language back together. Find out about how it is being taught at ...

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Re-awakening Australian Aboriginal languages

Did you know that before colonisation there were about 250 distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander languages being spoken across Australia? Today, however, the majority of these languages are endangered. Listen to a number of significant Australians discussing the Aboriginal language situation in Australia today. ...

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'The Be'

The stories we tell reveal a lot about our culture and what we value. Explore the story of the Be man, which comes from Dalabon country in the Northern Territory. This animated story is about two brothers who investigate a mysterious visitor to their home.

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Noongar people speak about a sense of place

Some places hold special importance for us. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a very strong sense of connection to their ancestral lands. They are important elements of their history and culture. In this audio clip, listen to two Noongar speakers talk about their connection to place.

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Place as medicine

Many people feel a strong sense of connection to a particular place. The importance of this connection can't be underestimated. In her Heywire audio story, Nicolette Worth recounts how lost she was until she found a place to truly call home.<br /><br />To talk with someone about anxiety or depression visit www.headspace.org.au ...

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'Namorrodor'

Animation is a relatively recent art form. Some might see it as strange to use animations to tell ancient stories, while others feel that this is a unique way to share such stories with a new generation. Watch this animation of 'Namorrodor' and explore your response to an old story told in a new way. Be aware that this ...

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Hip hop against waste dump

Many hip hop artists have expressed concerns about the world through their music. The Northern Territory's Kylie Sambo is no exception. Listen to her protest against the construction of a nuclear waste dump on her people's lands in Muckaty, near Tennant Creek. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your ...

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Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

For Timmy Watson, living in a remote community in the Northern Territory is as good as it gets. But there's one drawback: the need to go to boarding school during the final years of secondary school. Find out more in Timmy's Heywire audio story. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ...

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Indigenous peoples: stories to unite us

This is an interactive resource exploring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Learning activities are based around two picture storybooks and an audio text: 'You and me: our place', by Leonie Norrington; 'Stories from the billabong', a collection of traditional Aboriginal stories; and ...

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Indigenous peoples: ways of being

This is an interactive resource about Australian Aboriginal languages, with a particular focus on how culture is embedded into language. The Aboriginal English language and other Indigenous Australian languages are explored to reveal that Indigenous cultural identity is strongly expressed and developed through sharing language ...

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National reconciliation week: further reading and resources

This is a 13-page PDF file presenting a list of 43 books and films that explore the history, stories and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across different times and walks of life. The comprehensive list includes autobiographies, personal stories and reflections, fiction and non-fiction books ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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Sharing stories: country

This is a rich resource about the importance of Country to Aboriginal people. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; two films made by Aboriginal students ('Honeymoon Springs' and 'My country'); and video interviews with Adnyamathanha Elder Terrence Coulthard, Liyadhalinymirr cultural custodian Yingiya Guyula ...

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Storytelling

Oral histories, myths, legends, folk tales, fairy tales, Aussie yarns and interactive digital stories. Storytelling traditions stretch throughout time.

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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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Samuel Wagan Watson

This sequence of videos is an interactive resource for Stage 4/5 English and or Stage 4/5 Aboriginal Studies. It assists students to develop knowledge and understanding about Indigenous cultures of Australia. Students will respond to the poet, his texts, and at least one other Aboriginal poet, as well as composing at least ...

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Tara June Winch

This resource is a series of videos featuring writer Tara June Winch talking about her writing and book 'Swallow the Air'. Related resources and teaching notes are included.