Setting the scene
Kspace takes children to the Kimberley in 1990. The Kimberley is a distinctive landscape of rugged beauty, with a diversity of wildlife and a rich Indigenous history including deep cultural connections that continue today.
Questions children can keep in mind if visiting this scene at the Museum are:
- What animals are seen, and what do they reveal about the location and climate?
- What are some of the features of the landscape?
- Which people do we encounter, and what are they doing? What are their roles and relationship to the region?
Narrative and gameplay
Our free, printable visitor access guide gives a sense of what happens in the game before you visit the Museum. It includes storyboards on the Kimberley narrative and gameplay and a detailed description of the Kspace experience.
This guide is also helpful for students with hearing impairment, learning difficulties or limited mobility, who may need to prepare before they visit.
Primary source study
A stone spearhead from the National Museum’s collection helps demonstrate a long Aboriginal tradition and the impact of European settlement on the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Suggested projects for children to make and do.
- Draw a picture or create a diorama of a famous Kimberley feature, such as a gorge, mountain range or waterfall.
- Produce two pictures of the same place, one in the wet season and the other in the dry season.
- Draw a picture of people engaged in an economic or cultural activity in the Kimberley.
- Create a map of the Kimberley showing major rivers, roads, towns and tourist spots.
- Create a map of the Kimberley showing Aboriginal language groups.
- Write and illustrate a tourist brochure for the Kimberley region.
- Make a poster featuring animals found today in the Kimberley. Include at least one amphibian, reptile, mammal and bird, and separate them into introduced and native species.
- Pretend you are a journalist covering the story of Jandamarra. Write an article or record a news broadcast describing a key event or series of events.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation looking at some of the different social and economic activities people undertake in the Kimberley.
Suggested assignments questions encouraging children to think and write.
- What does the term ‘caring for country’ mean to Indigenous people in Australia?
- Identify and discuss some of the positive and negative effects of agriculture on Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.
- What relevance does the story of Jandamarra have to a wider Australian audience?
- Australia’s major cities are mainly in the south. What are some of the limitations to a major population centre in the Kimberley?
- Discuss some of the ideas about how the boab tree came to the Kimberley.
- The Kimberley is home to diverse wildlife but many species are endangered. What are some of the main threats facing these species?
Note: inspiration and answers for online activities, creative projects and written assignments can be found in the Kids learning space