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History

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Pins about History hand-picked by Pinner Di Filmer | See more about australia, western australia and kangaroos.
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A link to a great board by Di Filmer with lots of information on Noongar history. Thanks to Leon Ridgeway for sharing it. #CathEdWA

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One Night the Moon

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One Night the Moon, from director Rachel Perkins, reintroduces song into the Australian landscape. For Indigenous peoples, song has been one of the central means of land management.
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Powerful images!

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Noongar Aboriginal Art - from Western Australia's South West

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Includes art, history and artists
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Little Red Yellow Black Site

Includes educational resources, audiovisual and further reading. Includes timeline.
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SAM%20GRACE%20AND%20THE%20SHIPWRECK%20TEACHING%20NOTES.pdf

Teaching notes for Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck.
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Australian Ballet welcomes its first Aboriginal dancer

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Ella Havelka leaves Bangarra to join the national company in its 50th year.
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Keeping Noongar language alive | indigenous.gov.au

Keeping Noongar language alive | indigenous.gov.au | Aussie Educator | Scoop.it
The Noongar language is in good hands. The once-strong Noongar language is now endangered but action is underway to turn that around. The community-based Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project began after ...
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Indigenous servicemen: their contribution

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have had a significant but little-known role in our armed forces.
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From Australian Geographic. 

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Top Ten Indigenous-authored Children's Books

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It’s always difficult to do a ‘best of’ list, but when push comes to shove, we all know we have favourites. So, as part of #IndigiRead I have pulled together ten of my favourite Indigenous-authored...
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DNA confirms Aboriginal culture one of Earth's oldest

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The first Aboriginal genome sequence confirms Australia's native people left Africa 75,000 years ago.
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History of the Noongar People - South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council (SWALSC)

The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council is the native title representative body of the Noongar people, who are the traditional owners of the South West of Australia.
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National Museum of Australia - Indigenous culture & history

Classroom activities for students in yrs 5 to 12
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Dust Echoes: Ancient Stories, New Voices

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Ancient Stories, New Voices.Dust Echoes is a series of twelve animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land in Northern Australia...
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Dust Echoes presents a series of twelve animations of dreamtime stories from the Wugularr (Beswick) community in Central Arnhem Land inNorthern Territory. Each story delivers a symbolic meaning or morale behind, which provide students an Aboriginal perspective. Students can learn about the contributions of Aboriginal People to Australian Culture and identities by examining various aspects about such as their beliefs, kinship (links to CUS 3.3)

 

Teaching Aboriginal perspectives in education is critical as it helps students to nurture respect toward Aboriginal cultures, to develop recognition and to build reconciliation toward the harmonious Australian identity. The importance of learning Aboriginal perspectives should be dealt with great care as Prestons (2007) emphasises that the ‘white’ way of learning should be considered as a specific perspective rather than norm (Preston 2007, cited in Gilbert & Hoepper). Thus in using this resource, teachers ensure that students can draw any relevance of the story to a contemporary society they live in by understanding symbolic meanings behind the stories rather than understanding it as a farfetched myth.

 

Teaching ideas

Before viewing a dreamtime story, classroom discussion about students’ knowledge about Aboriginal culture. After a dream-time story, a class discusses the meaning, the origin of a story, the relevance to our contemporary life and learn relevant vocabularies and do quizz. Students can learn and participate in making an aboriginal painting with an Aboriginal artist in a class or excursion to a museum or aboriginal organisation that might run Aboriginal painting school programs. 

 

Assessment tasks

Students can be assessed by group presentations where each group views an assigned dreamtime story, presents the story to the class in either a drama or picture-book format and give quizzes to the class after about given storyline, its symbolic meaning and the origin of a story. This assessment is very useful to test their understanding about the story and enhances literacy skills as they learn to interpret and translate visual texts into writing or retelling the story in their own language that would be a good way of testing their comprehension of narratives for their literacy (Education Department of WA, 1994).