Phillip Batty, Museum Victoria, describes Aboriginal people’s use of rocks and minerals in Central Australia.
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The video ‘Aboriginal Use of Rocks and Minerals’ by the Museum Victoria describes Aboriginal people’s use of rocks and minerals in Central Australia. While this resource may not be suitable for students in Stage 1, it is a great resource for teachers in preparation for a class incorporating an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) perspective. The video explores resources used by Aboriginal families and where they come from. One interesting aspect of the video focuses on ochre. Ochre was the most important painting material used traditionally by Aboriginal people. It is mined from particular sites and is a crumbly to hard rock heavily coloured by iron oxide. Paints are made by grinding the source rock to a powder and then mixing it with a fluid to bind it together. A relevant teaching idea is to talk about using ochre as paint and teach students to use yellow, white and red ochre to create their own Aboriginal paintings.
In addition to classroom activities, there is a need for ongoing, genuine dialogue between Indigenous members of the school community and teaching staff. It is important to continually embed Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum to maintain a holistic framework (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011).
Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching society and environment. (4th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.