Maps can tell us a lot about how people see their country. Modern maps of Australia show state boundaries and borders, whereas a map drawn by an Aboriginal person tells their Country's stories, good food sources and water holes.
In Early Contact students handle a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous objects to explore and discuss the two vastly different cultures that collided during the European settlement of Australia. Students consider the impact of early European settlement upon Indigenous Australians.
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- Give students an opportunity to handle and interpret objects that show how Aboriginal peoples lived before 1788.
- Facilitate students' exploration of Indigenous and European cultures and help them to understand the impact of early contact between the two cultures.
- Introductory activity – through discussion, the investigation of maps and objects, students discover how Indigenous peoples lived before early European settlement and the changes that occurred after contact.
- Gallery activity – students visit specific areas in the First Australians gallery and draw objects that show changes in the ways Indigenous peoples lived both before and after European colonisation of Australia.
- Reflection – students gather to discuss the objects they found and how they have changed since European colonisation.
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These classroom activities might be useful in your classroom.
You may also be interested in the following teacher resources:
- How did Aboriginal Australians Resist British Colonisation? – using four case studies this unit of work explores how Aboriginal people reacted to the British colonisation of Australia
- Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route – an education kit investigating the impact of the Canning Stock Route on Aboriginal people through paintings.
or these interactives:
- Saibai Island Canoe – catch a fish from your own canoe for a traditional Torres Strait Islander feast
- Mystery Object: Torres Strait Islands – use the clues to discover what the mystery object is.
You can also see the full list of resources related to Indigenous Australia.