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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 waterholes.
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.
- 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.