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This interactive map of the many nations that make up Aboriginal Australia is a great resource to begin discussing the complexity of Indigenous culture and kinship systems. It can be linked to the outcome "CCS2.2 -Explains changes in the community and family life and evaluates the effects of these on different individuals, groups and environments", as it explores the many groups in which Aboriginal people identify with.
This map also helps non-Indigenous students begin to see Australia from an Aboriginal person's perspective i.e. that Australia is a land of diversity, made of many nations and peoples. It is important that as teachers we recognise the fact that "Aboriginal knowledge systems are not just for Aboriginal students but the fundamental way in which all children learn to know their country" (Millroy 2011, p.40). When this shift occurs Indigenous perspectives can be easily included and introduced into classrooms.
Using this online map have students find the Aboriginal Nation/tribe land that they live on. They can then research a little bit about the history of this nation/tribe. After they have researched they can present it in the form of a poster or PowerPoint. Teacher should scaffold the use of PowerPoint before hand to the students. Students can choose to do a different tribe if they like. Each of the presentations should be 30seconds - 1 minute long. They should include images and text.
The main teaching point is for students to understand that Indigenous people all come from different backgrounds with different languages and cultures. They have changed over time due to White settlement.
Teacher can assess whether students have described an indigenous community correctly and have presented some of the changes that have occurred to the indigenous peoples in this community over time.
Millroy, J. (2011). Incorporating and understanding different ways of knowing in the education of indigenous students. Research conference 2011 : Indigenous education : pathways to success : conference proceedings, Retrieved from http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1109&context=research_conference