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Gordon Barunga, artist and cattleman

Gordon Barunga is an Aboriginal artist and a cattleman. How has his past influenced his art making? Think of his childhood in a remote Aboriginal community, learning to craft items out of boab nuts and watching his father paint wandjinas (cloud and rain spirits).

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Daniel Walbidi, 'Kirriwirri', 2010

This is a painting by Mangala/Yulparija artist Daniel Walbidi (b1983) depicting his grandfather and grandmother’s country on his father’s side. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, ‘unDisclosed’, at the National Gallery of Australia ...

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Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkura, 'Wyarra family group', 2010

This is a sculpture by Rembarrnga artist Bob Burruwal (b1952) and Rembarrnga/Kune artist Lena Yarinkura (b1948) depicting spirit figures - male and female, young and old - standing near their camp dog. The sculpture is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art ...

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Birds and totems

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe shares his delight in encountering birds on Country. Bruce explains the significance of Umburra, or black duck, and his obligation to care for the species. Bruce explains that his brothers and sisters look after other animals, such as kangaroos, bream, wallabies, flathead and ...

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Trees and Country

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe explains his connection to Country and introduces us to a family of trees. In what ways does Bruce’s relationship with the Earth differ from yours?

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A flood of water sports activity

See how the breaking of a drought can result in a boom for local tourism. In one small Victorian town, the long drought has broken and there's water back in the lake! Find out what attracts holiday-makers back in droves to the serenity of Bonnie Doon!

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Rosalie Gascoigne: 'Suddenly the Lake', 1995

This resource includes an enlargeable image, with corresponding catalogue information, of the four-part series of assembled landscapes 'Suddenly the lake' by Rosalie Gascoigne. There is also a video with audio commentary providing an interpretation of the artwork. The corresponding onscreen text gives additional information ...

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Overseas students find success in Oz

Does a person's perception of a place influence their sense of belonging? In this clip we hear from three people who came from overseas to study and live in Australia. Listen as they recount their experiences, discuss racism and their share perceptions of living in Australia.

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Danie Mellor, 'Culture warriors', 2007

This is a mixed media artwork by Mamu/Ngagen/Ngajan artist Danie Mellor (b1971), presenting two fighting kangaroos in the foreground of a ‘traditional’ fine bone china scene. The drawing/collage is shown as an enlargeable image. It was exhibited in the 2008 travelling exhibition of the first National Indigenous Art Triennial, ...

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People live in places. Important places - Homes

This sequence of five activities focuses on places. Students investigate their own home as an introduction to the concept of place. The inquiry can be expanded to include other places students belong to, why they are important and how they care for them. These activities use photographic resources from The State Library ...

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William Robinson: 'Springbrook with lifting fog', 1999

This resource includes an enlargeable image, with corresponding catalogue information, of the painting, 'Springbrook with lifting fog', by William Robinson. There is also a video with audio commentary providing an interpretation of the artwork. The corresponding onscreen text is provided by the artist about his painting. ...

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Birian Balunah: the birthing of the rivers

Paula Nihot shares a story told to her by Yugambeh Elder Patricia O’Connor. It's the story of Wanungara, queen of the mountains, and her daughters Princess Toolona and Princess Caningera, and how their complicated relationships and choices explain the geography of the region.

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Mother Mekong

Discover the connections between people and ancient temples hidden along the mighty Mekong River. Find out how long the temple Wat Phu (Vat Phou) has been a place of worship. Consider the spiritual value of this river, which provides more than sustenance and money.

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Burringurrah: the boy who ran from initiation

Charlie Snowball tells the story of Burringurrah, a landform named after a boy who ran away from tribal initiation. Also known as Mount Augustus, Burringurrah in Western Australia is often claimed to be the world’s largest rock. What other significant rock features is Australia known for?

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Nici Cumpston, 'Campsite V, Nookamka Lake', 2008

This is a photographic print by Barkindji/Paakintji artist Nici Cumpston (b1963) depicting Nookamka, a freshwater lake situated in the Riverland region of South Australia. The work is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about the Murray-Darling River system’s degradation, and a description of ...

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Reef walk with Dorothy

Take a walk with Dorothy on the exposed reefs of West Kimberley, WA. If you look closely, you'll find strange and wondrous creatures hiding beneath the surface! What is it about reefs that make them such great places for so many different life forms?

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Is Australia's best job on Gabo Island?

Leo Op Den Brouw works at the Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve collecting meteorological and weather data. See why he believes he has one of the best jobs in Australia. While he counts himself lucky to work in such a special place, how does Leo cope with the isolation and the time away from his family and friends?

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Big sky sunsets at Windorah, Qld

In this clip the narrator will show you a place that she likes to visit. This place is near Windorah in Queensland. The narrator says that this is 'big sky country'. She likes to sit in the sand dunes and watch the colours around her change as the sun goes down.

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John Olsen: 'Sydney sun', 1965

This resource includes an enlargeable image and corresponding catalogue information of the landscape painting 'Sydney sun' by John Olsen. There is also a video with audio commentary providing an interpretation of the artwork. The onscreen text outlines additional information about the artist, his career, influential ideas ...

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Wagiman plants and animals calendar

This is a seasonal calendar developed by the Wagiman people of the Northern Territory in collaboration with the CSIRO. The resource consists of introductory information, the illustrated calendar itself and a series of related links. The introduction includes information about the people’s desire to have the key plants and ...