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The Australian Curriculum v8.0 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

The Australian Curriculum v8.0 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, rich and diverse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity is central to this priority and is intrinsically linked to living, learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, deep knowledge traditions and holistic world view.

A conceptual framework based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ unique sense of Identity has been developed as a structural tool for the embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures within the Australian curriculum. This sense of Identity is approached through the interconnected aspects of Country/Place, People and Culture. Embracing these elements enhances all areas of the curriculum.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priority provides opportunities for all learners to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. This knowledge and understanding will enrich their ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of Australia.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, February 26, 2013 8:13 PM

Primary teachers need to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their teaching. Use the ideas in this website to frame planning.

Clare O'Connor's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:32 AM

This is going to be a Cross-curricular priority, so I thought it useful to add for our RMLP teachers and in-house education providers.

Greta Brewin's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:17 AM

I thought it would be a really helpful resource to store a direct link to the cross-curriculum priorities page on the ACARA website. This links to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders histories and cultures cross-curricular priority information page. As teachers you need to link you lesson and unit plans to the Australian Curriculum, and anything that falls under this priority can be justified as a viable learning outcome, because of the priority. Which I think is great, students and teachers need to learn about our indigenous history. 

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Giving old languages a new lease of life

Giving old languages a new lease of life | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
An app teaching the Wemba Wemba language has been launched at Swan Hill Primary School.
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ICT integration with ancient culture...what a wonderful use of the available technology to engage students in a truly authentic task. Well done to these teachers for sharing this gift of learning whilst reviving an endangered language.
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Noongar Learners Guide – Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation

Noongar Learners Guide – Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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What a fabulous resource to start your journey with Noongar language..." It is acknowledged that the remerging Noongar has been developed under the influence of English and that there is still considerable work to be done to bring the Noongar language closer to its original voice.This small guide will aid the Noongar language learner by explaining some of the grammatical features of the language."

 
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Gambay - Languages Map

Gambay - Languages Map | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
This map of Australian languages reflects the names and groupings favoured by communities.
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Awesome interactive Australian First Peoples Languages map with teacher's notes for several AC Learning Areas...have a play and learn about our country!

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Awesome interactive Australian First Peoples Languages map with teacher's notes for several AC Learning Areas...have a play and learn about our country!

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Home - Welcome to country App. - FREE

Home - Welcome to country App. - FREE | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific^. Download it from the App Store. It's free!

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Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 1:07 AM

The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific^. Download it from the App Store. It's free!

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Indigenous Languages, Literacy and the Myth of the “Unwritten Language”

Indigenous Languages, Literacy and the Myth of the “Unwritten Language” | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Many of us have heard about the Indigenous literacy gap – but probably think it applies only to English. Greg Dickson takes a look at Indigenous...
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An interesting article that raising some important issues and insightful questions for us all to ponder...For the most part, the education system does nothing about this cavernous gap, despite that fact that “Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination” (Article 14b, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples). My interpretation of “without discrimination” means that just like how I went to a school where I learned to read and write my mother tongue, kids who speak Indigenous languages also have that right. If they are denied that, is it not a kind of discrimination?

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Kate Reitzenstein's curator insight, September 25, 2015 12:23 AM

Thanks Maree for this link.  An excellent piece!

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Noongar Language and Music workshops

Noongar Language and Music workshops | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka (Forever, we Sing) is a workshop (and optional performance) designed to take Noongar language songs to as many people as possible across Noongar country. Book a workshop for your school. Award winning singing-songwriting duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse offer workshops to schools and communities on Noongar boodjar (Noongar country) which extends from Albany in the south, to Jurien Bay in the north and out to Merredin in the east. It also extends to Dalwallinu in the north-east and Ravensthorpe in the south-east.

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Looking for a fun, authentic Noongar experience?

Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka (Forever, we Sing) is a workshop (and optional performance) designed to take Noongar language songs to as many people as possible across Noongar country. Book a workshop for your school. Award winning singing-songwriting duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse offer workshops to schools and communities on Noongar boodjar (Noongar country) which extends from Albany in the south, to Jurien Bay in the north and out to Merredin in the east. It also extends to Dalwallinu in the north-east and Ravensthorpe in the south-east.

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Cultural Infusion 2015-brochure.pdf

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Looking for a cultural experience for your students? Check this out...

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Kakutungutanta-to-Warrie-Outcamp.pdf

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A rich resource of 40,000 years of history, culture and stories of the Pilbara land from the Nyiyaparli Community. So many curriculum links here for AC History Year 7 (Ancient Society & archaeology), Year 4 & 9 (Pre-settlement, Early explorers) and the Geography of the rich resources and the mining industry.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures resources: ABC Splash

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures resources: ABC Splash | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Fantastic collection of Primary and Secondary audio-visual, digibooks and more from ABC Splash teacher resources...

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Fantastic collection of Primary and Secondary audio-visual, digibooks and more from ABC Splash teacher resources...

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First Contact | Learn | Documentary | SBS

First Contact | Learn | Documentary | SBS | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Network Event Premiere 8.30PM Tues 18 Nov on SBS ONE and NITV. First Contact shines a light on the deep divide between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the nation by taking six non-Indigenous people and immersing them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time.
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Classroom resources for "First Contact" series on SBS...have you been discussing this topic in your classroom?

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DNA confirms Aboriginal culture one of Earth's oldest

DNA confirms Aboriginal culture one of Earth's oldest | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
The first Aboriginal genome sequence confirms Australia's native people left Africa 75,000 years ago.
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Who lived here first and how do we know? Such an interesting article from Australian Geographic...many, many relevant AC links ...particularly for Year 3 and Year 7 AC History��
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This Is How "Unsettled" Australia Was Before The British Arrived In 1788

This Is How "Unsettled" Australia Was Before The British Arrived In 1788 | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Apparently, Tony Abbott needs to brush up on his history.
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Some excellent images here to prompt classroom discussion...many of the topics covered across the Australian Curriculum

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, July 5, 2014 11:11 PM
This week in Australian history...another blooper from the PM!
On a positive note, some great images here for classroom discussion and beyond��
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Why Indigenous culture and tourism need each other

Why Indigenous culture and tourism need each other | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
As international tourist numbers increase, Indigenous operators prepare to reap the rewards.
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This is also so true when our schools are seeking Aboriginal culture for their students..."They are fascinated by the story of the 40,000 years and the world's longest living civilisation... But unfortunately they do sometimes come away disappointed about not having as much exposure to Aboriginal tourism experiences … as what they were hoping for... visitors wanted an "authentic experience" and most of those experiences are concentrated in the north of Australia. "It's important that we have more of those experiences on offer around the state, and for it to be authentic it has to be local."
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Breathtaking photos of Aboriginal newborns and pregnant women

Breathtaking photos of Aboriginal newborns and pregnant women | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Photographer Bobbi-lee Hille, 29, from Perth, has paid homage to her Indigenous culture with stunning images of babies, with traditional Indigenous props and Aboriginal dot paintings.
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This is so precious and a very helpful resource for teachers to demonstrate Indigenous #culture #kinship #families #diversity Thank you Bobbi-lee...

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Education | Kaartdijin Noongar

Education | Kaartdijin Noongar | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Kaartdijin in Noongar means 'knowledge'. Noongar people have lived in the south-west of Western Australia for more than 45,000 years.
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Kaartdijin Noongar links to AC History, AC English and AC Geography...download PDFs for F-2, 3-6 and 7-10...brilliant collaboration by SWALSC and AISWA!
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Rare spearheads uncovered on Rottnest Island

Rare spearheads uncovered on Rottnest Island | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.It’s the third time in the past year that UWA staff and students have uncovered spearheads on the island.Earlier this year a Heritage Studies student found a glass spearhead, and last year a staff member unearthed a ceramic one.The spearheads are believed to have been used by I
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Evidence of colonial conflict or survival? Significant find on Rottnest Island (Wadjemup)...a rare 19th Century spearhead.

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Ready for this? Australia's next great teen drama has a largely Indigenous cast | Television & radio | The Guardian

Ready for this? Australia's next great teen drama has a largely Indigenous cast | Television & radio | The Guardian | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
The makers of Redfern Now and First Contact believe television has the power to change social attitudes. With their new show they’re targeting young Australians
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Ready For This, a new drama on ABC3 that's set in Sydney and features a mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cast. It's so great to see young Murri faces and to hear language on the screen. Looking forward to watching the series.

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First Footprints - History Year 7 - ABC Splash

First Footprints - History Year 7 - ABC Splash | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

Explore over 50,000 years of Australia's ancient history brought to life through the world's oldest oral stories, archaeological discoveries, stunning art, cinematic CGI and archival film.

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Amazing interactive map exploring 50,000  years of Australia's ancient history...stunning archival film and stunning art!

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Jandamarra-Mark Greenwood. Teachers Notes

Jandamarra-Mark Greenwood. Teachers Notes | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

‘Burrudi yatharra thirrili ngarra’

We are still here and strong. Jandamarra was an Indigenous hero...whose white ‘bosses’ called him Pigeon. He knew in his heart that the country was inscribed by powerful spirits in the contours of its landscape.The Wandjinas created the land and sky. They also created the spirits that swim in the water soaks and sacred places. Pigeon couldn't see them, but these spirits visited his dreams. Jandamarra's story is an epic and tragic tale which Mark Greenwood has re-told in a simple and yet majestic style, accompanied by Terry Denton’s vibrantly graphic, illustrative interpretation. This is a creative re-imagining of the life of an extraordinary man and of a seminal time in Australia’s history.The reverberations of the events known as the ‘frontier wars’ are still being felt more than one hundred years later and will continue to have an impact on our national psyche.

Jandamarra and his people are still here, and they are still strong.

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This book might be studied in lower and upper primary, and also lower secondary classrooms. It is relevant in Australian Curriculum: English; History and The Arts. Also fabulous links to the Cross Curriculum Priority: Aboriginal histories and culture. Jandamarra could also be used to explore such themes as...National Heroes,Indigenous History and Culture,Frontier Wars, Magic and Spiritual Power, Kinship and Community

and Values such as: Bravery and Justice

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, September 26, 2013 12:12 AM

This book might be studied in lower and upper primary, and also lower secondary classrooms. It is relevant in Australian Curriculum: English; History and The Arts. Also fabulous links to the Cross Curriculum Priority: Aboriginal histories and culture. Jandamarra could also be used to explore such themes as...National Heroes, Indigenous History and Culture,Frontier Wars, Magic and Spiritual Power, Kinship and Community and Values such as: Bravery and Justice

 

Taryn Coxall's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:10 PM

This is a book i have found that many teachers are using in both upper and lower primary in order to teach students Australian History.  The book foccuses on the life of a man in a seminal time in Australian History a foccusing on the Jandamarra people. I belive this would be a fantastic resource to use in the classroom, especially for upper primary students who are starting to do pursuasive writing a book responces. This book will enage students as well as giving them insight into life as a "Jadamarra person, and therefore how we have evolved and changed thorughout history. 

This particular link gives a wide range of teachers notes and questions that can be used in the classroom with this book. Which is clearly a great resource for teachers to have when approaching basing a lesson on this book. 

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week | NAIDOC

Celebrating NAIDOC Week | NAIDOC | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Australian Indigenous people...

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VIDEO: Noel Pearson Delivered One Of Australia's Truly Great Speeches In Paying Tribute To Gough Whitlam

VIDEO: Noel Pearson Delivered One Of Australia's Truly Great Speeches In Paying Tribute To Gough Whitlam | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam was farewelled today in a state memorial at Sydney Town Hall by thousands of mourners, including plenty of old political friends and foes.
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Thank you Noel Pearson...'It was a eulogy of power, beauty and humour, delivered with a rhythm reminiscent of Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech...'

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Thank you Noel Pearson...'It was a eulogy of power, beauty and humour, delivered with a rhythm reminiscent of Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech...'

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They Served with Honour: Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli.

n the eve of Anzac Day the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs launched the book They Served with Honour: Untold Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Servicemen at Gallipoli.  Written and published by the WA Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The book tells the unknown stories of 13 Aboriginal servicemen from WA who served at Gallipoli. The stories not only look at the soldiers war experiences but also touch their lives prior to enlisting and for those who returned their lives after war.

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The stories not only look at the soldiers war experiences but also touch their lives prior to enlisting and for those who returned their lives after war. Their stories include tales of courage, valour, of finding love, and of their continued struggles post-war.

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Victorian Aboriginal Languages: Bunjilaka

Victorian Aboriginal Languages: Bunjilaka | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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An excellent interactive resource from Melbourne Museum with embedded audio to hear the rich diversity of Aboriginal languages throughout Victoria.

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New map details the Noongar history of Perth CBD

New map details the Noongar history of Perth CBD | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Two free maps of the Perth CBD have been released, revealing historic sites of the Wadjuk Noongar people.
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Fabulous excursion idea for Perth students and teachers to engage with the AC Cross Curriculum Priority: Aboriginal History and culture...Karla Yarning: stories from the home fires opens the door to this ancient culture.

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Our shared history | Share Our Pride

Our shared history | Share Our Pride | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Fantastic collection of interactive activities, including timelines and YouTube videos, ready to share with your students, promote critical thinking and conversations.

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