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This website is a great resource for teacher who are teaching all different facets of Aboriginal culture. In particular I have chosen to focus on Aboriginal Poetry. Many of these poems are based around the relationship Aboriginal people have with their land.
Some of these poems also have audio that go along with them to complement the written words. They are spoken by Aboriginal people and also feature Aboriginal music.
One example of poetry that links directly with ENS1.5 (recognises Aboriginal peoples’ special relationship with the land) and CUS1.3 (explains ways in which family members learn from each other about customs and traditions, eg Dreaming stories) is the poem Moonthanguddi http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/moonthanguddi. This poem describes how the land used to be and how Aboriginal people lived peacefully together in unison.
This would be a great start off point to discuss with the students what the land used to be like before settlers arrived and how it was that Aboriginal people used to survive without many of the things we have today.
As an activity students are split into small groups of 3-4 and asked to come up with some actions to go with the poem. Ideally this lesson could be led by an Elder or Aboriginal community member so it is culturally appropriate.
Creative Spirits. (2014). Aboriginal Poems. Retrieved April 8, 2014 from
Creative Spirits. (2013). Moonthanguddi. Retrieved April 8, 2014 from