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Listed under:  History  >  Heritage  >  Traditional knowledge
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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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Aboriginal astronomy

This resource is designed to support the teaching of Australian Aboriginal astronomy in Stage 3. It includes many examples of how Aboriginal people used their knowledge of astronomy to manage daily activities, such as food gathering and ceremonial activities. It also highlights how they explained the origins of many features ...

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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Interdependence in the environment

Within an ecosystem there are interdependent relationships between the species of that environment which are recognised and understood in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ecological knowledge and practices. This classroom activity provides students with the opportunity to develop science understanding of the interdependencies ...

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Kamay – looking up

This resource explores the navigation techniques used during the journey of the Endeavour and contrasts these with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander navigational and astronomical systems that have been in place for many thousands of years. This learning sequence contains activities suitable for Year 7 - Year 10 science ...