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First Australians

Telling our Indigenous stories

Front cover unit of work

Curriculum areas: Indigenous culture & history, Australian history, historical skills, geography

Years: 6–10

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Investigation, Communication and Participation

An important part of 'us' and our story is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. This unit of work asks students to think about how the National Museum's First Australians gallery presents Indigenous cultures and history by looking at a number of important themes and events included in the gallery including:

  • the origins of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life in Australia
  • traditional land ownership and land rights
  • trading materials and routes
  • diversity, spirituality and technology
  • early contact and conflict with European settlers
  • the mission experience
  • land rights

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