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Spinifex research

What does spinifex grass contain that might prove useful in modern buildings? Watch this clip and discover how Aboriginal knowledge, combined with Western science, is unlocking the potential of spinifex. Find out about this natural resource and how it could become a new, sustainable material for the building industry.

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Cooking food in the past and present

How might your family cook without electricity or gas? See what some kitchens of people from long ago looked like. Discover ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cook some food.

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Cross-cultural links

This is a resource sheet for teachers about making cross-cultural links between specific objects from Chinese, Italian and Papua New Guinean cultures and similar objects from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures. The links are between kundu drums from Papua New Guinea and drums (warups and bururburus) from the ...

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Management of the northern savanna

Around the world, tropical savannas are in serious trouble. This clip from 2007 explores the use of Aboriginal technology for sustainable management of the environment in Australia's huge northern tropical savanna. Hear from two environmental scientists why traditional fire-management practices may reduce the incidence ...

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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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Fire stick farming

In a unit of work on farming practices, a year 4/5 teacher uses texts to encourage students to consider the ways in which fire was used by Aboriginal Australians as a technology to manage land. The teacher believes in the importance of teaching curriculum through Aboriginal perspectives and discusses the ways in which she ...

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Aboriginal Welcome to Country and other protocols explained

This online library of resources inlcudes a range of website links, mobile apps and organisation contacts which explore Aboriginal protocols in the Western Australian context.

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Aboriginal science tools: the morah stone

This is an article about morah stones, incised grinding stones from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland, and how they were used by the local Aboriginal peoples to process toxic starchy seeds and kernels. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes ...