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Kaartdijin Noongar

Kaartdijin in Noongar means 'knowledge'. Noongar people have lived in the south-west of Western Australia for more than 45,000 years.
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Black swan behaviour the trigger for Noongar seasonal change - ABC Local

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ABC Local Black swan behaviour the trigger for Noongar seasonal change ABC Local Noongar man Larry Blight says black swan behaviour and the flowering of the local boronia plant are the main trigger points for him to know that the season of...
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Our Culture - Yawuru

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Our Culture, represents Yawuru knowledge about our country, and provides some cultural information to better understand Yawuru people and how they wish to look after their country.
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ABC Online Indigenous - Interactive Map

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The ‘Indigenous language map’ is an excellent resource for teachers to use in their stage 2 classroom. This resource is an interactive map displaying the various language groups of the Aboriginal people Australia wide. The map demonstrates the high number of Indigenous languages that were used by Aboriginal communities. Using the interactive element of the map allows educators to focus on the languages used in their local area. Interactive resources are an excellent way to engage children and encourage active learning where children not only solve problems, but create their own problems (Bransford, Brown & Cocking, 2000).

 

Although interactive, this is quite a simple resource which would allow for flexible integration into lesson plans. In conjunction with this map, it would be helpful to invite a local Aboriginal Elder to come in and speak about the Indigenous languages of the local area and the importance of language in Aboriginal culture. After reviewing the map and hearing the Elder speak, students would be provided with a simple map of Australia and asked to mark their local community area and identify the language spoken by the people of this area. Students could also label regions which bordered their local community yet spoke another language. Once this task is completed, students could be divided into language groups to help highlight the importance of language and its ties to community in Aboriginal culture.

 

The creations of personalised local area maps would also be useful to promote further investigation into the traditional inhabitants of their local community. Students could work in groups to research the names of local clans and identify any significant sites for these traditional inhabitants. These maps could be compared amongst class members and displayed around the classroom. This activity would help to highlight the diversity of the Aboriginal people and also highlight the importance of community to these people. It directly ties in with HSIE outcome CUS 2.3 & 2.4 and ENS 2.5 (Board of Studies, 2006) and could be integrated with outcomes from the Mathematics syllabus by including skills such as mapping. 

 

Reference List:

 

Board of Studies. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies.

 

Bransford, J., Brown, A., & Cocking, R. (1999). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


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