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Mystery object: Torres Strait Islands

Look closely at an unusual object from the Torres Strait Islands. Notice it is composed of a shark totem, wooden base, strings and feathers. Work out what it is and how it is used. Examine the size of the object and find out where the materials came from. Explore the location and history of the Torres Strait Islands. Look ...

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Yolngu Boy, 2000: Petrol sniffing

This clip shows Botj (Sean Mununggurr), who has broken into the Women's Community Centre, sniffing petrol. As he looks at a painting with traditional Indigenous symbols he begins to hallucinate and then goes on a rampage, smashing up the Centre. He attacks a painting of his totem, Baru the crocodile, venting his anger on ...

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Changing Worlds: A South Australian story

This website draws on works of art and artefacts from the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum to provide students with a substantial narrative from multiple viewpoints about the colonisation/invasion of South Australia in the 19th century. The resource has multiple-entry-points and is designed ...

Bruce Pascoe: Aboriginal agriculture, technology and ingenuity

In 2014, Bruce Pascoe wrote a book called Dark Emu that challenged the belief that the First Australians were hunter-gatherers. In researching his book, Bruce examined the journals of the early explorers and found evidence of a complex civilisation that was using sophisticated technologies to live, farm and manage the land. ...