Explore the history of the Burramatta People and the Parramatta River
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The Burramutta Lands walking trail guide, is a self guided trail along the Parramatta river. It is created by Parramatta City Council and is on their ‘Discover Parramatta’ website, the trail was created as a discovery exploration, to inform the public about the traditional custodians of the land. The trail explores the history of the Burramatta people who lived in the Parramatta area. It will be an informative site study excursion, as the walking trail gives students the opportunity to learn about Burramatta’s peoples way of living before and after British colonisation.
The guide takes students along the Parramatta river, and highlights key areas that are of interest in regards to the importance of the river for food, gatherings, trade, relations with the Europeans, notable aboriginal individuals and the natural environment. It will deepen a student’s understanding of the way Aboriginal peoples have used and interacted with the environment (Outcome ENS2.5) and also allow them to collect and use primary and secondary resources to investigate the history of the community with Aboriginal people (Outcome CCS.2.2). These outcomes can be achieved through primary resources that students are able to see and use as evidence, such as hand paintings, cave shelters and ‘scar’ trees. This resource Parramatta River and its history from an Aboriginal perspective can also be used for the ‘First Contacts’ topic in the new stage 2 history syllabus.
Before the excursion teachers can introduce the history of Parramatta, so students can build upon this knowledge when on the excursion. After a historical study, a lesson can focus comparative study on land management and use by the Burramatta people and the Europeans back then and now. Another lesson could involve students researching about the land in regards to flora and fauna from the land and the water.
Resources for supplementary information:
http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/play/facilities/heritage_centre/local_studies__and__family_history_library (Excursion could include a visit to the Local Studies & Family History for further information, research and resources)