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Why is Country important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? How are language, Country and spirituality linked? Learn about the first peoples of Australia and the strong connection they have to the land.

Connection to Country 12:03

Activities

  • Make a box diorama to show a community organisation that is contributing to looking after the Australian environment.
  • Research the local Indigenous country where you live and find out more about their culture (language, laws, spiritual beliefs, important places or important landmarks).

Australian Curriculum links

Year 3 History

The importance of Country/Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples who belong to a local area (ACHASSK062)

Year 4 History

The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) (ACHASSK083)

Year 3 Civics and Citizenship

Why people participate within communities and how students can actively participate and contribute (ACHASSK072)

Year 4 Civics and Citizenship

The differences between ‘rules’ and ‘laws’, why laws are important and how they affect the lives of people, including experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHASSK092) · The different cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they and others in the community belong (ACHASSK093)

Related resources

Travelling Country 21:59

Indigenous and European perceptions of landscape, focusing on Burke and Wills’ tragic journey of exploration.

In our collection

Fish scoopA fish scoop featuring a cylindrical wooden handle including a truncated end with thin sticks tied to three circular wooden braces using yellow string. Yellow sting is tightly bound around the thin sticks near the handle which has carved text that reads, "MR BERO". There are fifteen black seed pods attached with pink wool to one...
Shell necklace with pink button and opalescent green maireener feature shells, by Dulcie GreenoA single strand shell necklace, strung with brown and white rice shells, pink button shells, and conical opalescent green maireener (rainbow kelp) shells. The shells are strung in a regular pattern where pairs of pink button shells are spaced evenly along the necklace, bordered on each side by a pair of green maireener shells.
On display
Reproduction of a possum skin cloak collected from Lake Condah in 1872The cloak is a reproduction of the Gunditjmara cloak [1872] held by Museum Victoria. The makers visited the collection and were inspired to make reproductions as a form of cultural preservation. The Tooloyn Koortakay exhibition developed by the makers was displayed at Melbourne Museum during NAIDOC week in 2002 and a new exhibit...
HatchetHatchet in two parts with a curved wooden handle and a roughly flaked, stone ground edge axe head, hafted in the handle curve and bound with sinew.
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