12 Canoes is a broadband website presenting, in an artistic, cultural and educational context, the stories, art and environment of the Yolngu people who live around the Arafura swamp in north-eastern Arnhem Land.
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Twelve canoes was created by the Yolngu people of Ramingining in the Northern Territory. It was created to educate Australia, and the world, about their history and culture, with the hopes of keeping their culture alive. This makes it a great teaching and learning resource to embed an Aboriginal perspective.
The video ‘The Macassans” is particularly useful for the topic of monetary exchange as it introduces the early forms of trade used by the Yolngu people, and how it began, accompanied by the narrators thoughts and attitudes. This video introduces the concept of barter, and gives examples of what was traded and how. From this, teachers can prompt students to identify what technology was used, such as boats, and the benefits received or harm caused by the exchanges made between the Yolngu people and the Macassans.
“Nowadays” is another video on Twelve Canoes that can be shown to students to convey the idea that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are not of the past. They maintain their culture, but are now more integrated into modern Australia, showing how they use similar technologies and methods of monetary exchange. This may also help challenge the stereotypes which students may have, and give an accurate portrayal of Aboriginal life today (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011). Students can use these videos to make comparisons between the past and present of monetary exchange and the technology involved. Other useful links on this website includes the “Study Guide”, which explores how this website can be best used, by providing suggestions such as introductory activities and discussion questions.
This interactive website would be great for students to discover the Yolngu culture and the forms of exchange used in the past, as it enables strong cognitive engagement (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011).
Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching society and environment (4th ed.). Australia: Cengage Learning
Twelve Canoes. (2008). Retrieved May 12, 2013, from http://12canoes.com.au/