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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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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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Indigenous seasons across northern Australia

Aboriginal communities across northern and western Australia have helped to develop seasonal calendars based on their ecological knowledge. The calendars link meteorological patterns with changes in plant and animal life across the year.

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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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Keeping Aboriginal culture alive

Watch as a group of Aboriginal city children are taken on a trip to the country to find out how to make a didgeridoo, use bush medicine and what plants and insects can provide food. How important do you think it is for all of us to gain an insight into their Aboriginal heritage so that it can be kept alive for future generations?

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Indigenous Astronomy and the Solar System

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain detailed knowledge systems about objects in the Solar System, including the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, and meteors. These traditions show how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people carefully observe the movements of celestial object, explain their motions, and ...

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Stellar scintillation

In this module, teachers and students will learn ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people observe the twinkling of stars to predict weather and seasonal change. Students will learn the science of scintillation (twinkling) and see how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander understood and utilised this principle long ...

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Tokelauan men making toki (adze) handles

This is a colour photograph of Fuli Fati with his two grandsons, Jack Kirifi and Kupa Kupa. They are making toki (adze) handles. The photo was taken in 1997 at Porirua, near Wellington, New Zealand. The three men are seated on a woven mat and are working on pieces of willow. The younger man in the foreground is striking ...

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Torres Strait canoe, c1988

This wood and bamboo model, made by George Crowly around 1988 and built to a scale of 1:15, represents a traditional canoe of the early 20th century from Mabuiag Island (Jervis Island) in the Bellevue Islands of Torres Strait. The vessel's design means that it was suitable for diverse fishing techniques (nets, harpoons, ...

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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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What have we got here: fish traps

This four minute video examines the Indigenous Australian people’s special relationship with the Darling River, focusing on a unique fish traps site in Brewarrina NSW, known as Baiame's Ngnhhu. The site has been used by people from many Aboriginal Nations throughout the millennia; it is a special location people where people ...

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Discovering past methods of food and fibre production: producer video

This is a video about the native food plants of the Mount Gambier region in South Australia and how they were used by the local Buandig Aboriginal people. It is introduced by ethnobotanist and author Neville Bonney who shows a wide range of local plants, often giving their names in Bungandidj language. The plants include ...

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Aboriginal traditional knowledge and storytelling

This online resource library gives teachers direct access to cultural organisations and educators specialising in cultural awareness and traditional knowledge/storytelling.

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Preserving Aboriginal languages and culture.

This online library provides teachers with resources to access Aboriginal arts, culture and language centres; museums; mobile applications and research information.

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Contemporary Aboriginal Media

This online resource provides teachers with direct links to national and Western Australian based Aboriginal media arts programs, filmmakers, producers, digital artists, media broadcasters in film, radio and print media, film making protocols, and suggests relevant mobile applications for study or use by students.

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Engaging in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Teaching and Learning Strategies – a practical approach to the Arts

This resource is a collection of videos which support the practical teaching and learning of Indigenous history and culture through the Arts. All of the videos presented are highlights from a two-day professional learning workshop hosted by ArtsEdge in Western Australia, where artists have explored the Australian cross-curriculum ...

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The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...