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Resistance – virtual tour

An interactive virtual panorama of the Resistance exhibit

Resistance exhibition module

The Resistance exhibit in the First Australians gallery examines four stories demonstrating the variety of ways Indigenous people responded to the settling of their lands by British colonists from 1788. In the panorama you will find 17 clickable hotspots that allow you to close examine the items on display. There are also four curriculum-linked activities for students in Years 5 to 10.

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Notes for teachers

This interactive virtual panorama of the Resistance exhibit provides students with 17 clickable hotspots that will allow close examination of the items on display and is also embedded with 4 curriculum-linked activities suitable for students in Years 5 to 10.

Useful terms and concepts

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples / Indigenous Australians
The Indigenous peoples of Australia are not one community or cultural group. They are many, culturally diverse peoples, speaking different languages, living and practising highly individual cultures. In this document two terms are used to refer to this diverse range of peoples - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous Australians. In essence these are short hand terms to refer to all Australian Indigenous people throughout the country. (Continuous Cultures Ongoing Responsibilities, Museums Australia Principles and guidelines for Australian museums working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage, p.11)

The scientific study of the origin and behaviour of man, including the development of societies and cultures

The systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence

The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures

Native Title Rights
Native title is defined by the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 as the recognition by Australian law that some Indigenous people have rights and interests to their land that come from their traditional laws and customs. The native title rights and interests held by particular Indigenous people will depend on both their traditional laws and customs and what interests are held by others in the area concerned.

Native title rights and interests may include rights to:

  • live on the area
  • access the area for traditional purposes, like camping or to do ceremonies
  • visit and protect important places and sites
  • hunt, fish and gather food or traditional resources like water, wood and ochre
  • teach law and custom on country.

In some cases, native title includes the right to possess and occupy an area to the exclusion of all others (often called 'exclusive possession'). This includes the right to control access to, and use of, the area concerned. However, this right can only be recognised over certain parts of Australia, such as unallocated or vacant Crown land and some areas already held by, or for, Indigenous Australians. (see Australian Government, Attorney-General's Department Native Title website).

The Noongar people are the traditional owners of the South West of Western Australia. The traditional lands of the Noongar extend approximately from Geraldton to Esperance and eastward to approximately 200 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie and include the Perth metropolitan area.

The return of ancestral remains and secret and sacred objects from museums and galleries back to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of origin for reburial or storage in a keeping place or cultural centre.

The act of opposing something you disagree with. Resistance to foreign invaders in an occupied country or the government of a sovereign nation take many forms such as the use of physical force, guerilla warfare, social disruption or nonviolent means.

The Walpiri people are the traditional owners of Walpiri country which is located in the Tanami Desert, east of the NT-WA border, west of the Stuart Highway and Tennant Creek, and northwest of Alice Springs.

Yugambeh is a dialect of the Bandjalang language. The Yugambeh Bandjalang people are the traditional owners of the coastal areas of south-eastern Queensland between the Logan and Tweed Rivers.

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