Teacher guide Yulunga: kutturi

TLF ID M006638

Small digging sticks were made for children in many parts of Australia. These were considered to be personal property and were usually well looked after. They were often used in play. In some areas the women would use digging sticks in play ‘fights’. This activity was reported from an unidentified place as a stick-practice game used by girls to prepare them for the digging-stick (kutturu) duels they would be involved in during adult life. In New South Wales the Ngemba women had play fights with their digging sticks. The women held the end of the digging stick in both hands and a little above eye level. The women could strike with either of their hands and then guard with both. They were fearless fighters and had their own champions. This is a hitting-and-dodging contest between two players, with the feet as the target area. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture by celebrating the games that Indigenous Australians have been playing across the country for hundreds of years.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource combines curriculum principles and cultural traditions in sport-related activities for people of all ages. While ensuring the integrity of the traditional games it provides opportunities for traditional Indigenous games to become part of the school curriculum by acknowledging and incorporating the practices of Indigenous people from different areas across the country.
  • The resource acknowledges and uses traditional language names throughout.
Year level

4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Topics Games Fencing
Learning area
  • History

Other details

Contributors
  • Author
  • Name: Australian Sports Commission
  • Organization: Australian Sports Commission
  • Description: Author
  • Contributor
  • Name: Australian Sports Commission
  • Organization: Australian Sports Commission
  • Description: Author
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.ausport.gov.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Sports Commission
  • Organization: Australian Sports Commission
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.ausport.gov.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
Rights
  • © ASC 2016. Unless otherwise noted, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 AU) licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/. This licence does not provide for the commercial or derivative use of ASC copyright material. The ASC should be attributed as Australian Sports Commission — http://www.ausport.gov.au.