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Encounters. Indigenous contact and culture: a classroom resource

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Bundjalung country

Richmond River, New South Wales

Bundjalung people have an intimate knowledge of the natural resources of their country. Explore how the skills and knowledge of the Bundjalung people are practised and passed on today, particularly through weaving with local plant materials.

Activities

Do you know your bags?

What do you know about Richmond River?

Video story

Watch this video where Kamilaroi woman Teresa Bolt describes weaving with the Wake Up Time group and says: ‘The first belt I make, I wanna keep.’

Activity: Have a class discussion about what you have that is so precious that you would not sell it, even if someone wanted to buy it? What makes it special to you?

More activities

Museums and collectors 

Activity: Mary Bundock’s interest in the lives and activities of Aboriginal women set her apart from many other collectors of Aboriginal cultural material at that time. Consider this quote by Bundjalung woman Lauren Jarrett: ‘I was grateful that Mary Bundock saved these bags for the Bundjalung women’.

Why might Lauren Jarrett be grateful that Mary Bundock saved examples of Bundjalung cultural material? Look closely at the fashions. What Indigenous cultural influences do you see? What are the non-Indigenous influences?

Wearable art 

Activity: Have a discussion about the types of resources available to your community. Include things from the natural environment – the bush or coast – or recycled materials and other ‘found’ objects.

Work in small groups to collect materials and make an item of clothing or wearable art that represents something special about the place where you live. You can find inspiration and instructions in our wearable art activity.

Present your work to the class and make sure you explain what materials you used and what your creation represents.

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