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Encounters. Indigenous contact and culture: a classroom resource

Caution: This website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Menang country

Albany, Western Australia

In 1826, a British military post was established in Menang country. Explore the relationship between Menang leader Mokare and colonist Alexander Collie and how Menang people today reflect on this relationship.

  • A map of Australia indicating the location of Albany, Western Australia.
    Albany, Western Australia
  • A photo looking down on a dirt carpark with three vehicles visible, surrounded by hundreds of trees. The sea, hills and town form the backdrop.
    Setting the scene
  • Long wooden handled knives, with blades of stone and glass, adhered with resin.
    Taap (knives)
  • Wooden-handled axe with stone blades adhered with resin.
    Kodj (axe)


What Noongar words do you know?

Hint: watch Larry's video below.

What do you know about Albany?

Video story

Learn about making a kodj (axe)

Watch this video of Menang educator and craftsman Larry Blight demonstrating the art of making a kodj (axe).

Activity: If this axe-making activity was being taught 100 years ago, what elements do you think would be the same and what would be different? Think about the people, the setting and the activity being demonstrated.

More activities

Balga (grass tree)

Activity: Larry Blight describes using the balga resin while making his kodj (axe). Investigate some of the uses of the balga or grass tree (Xanthorrhoea). Create a poster or present your findings to the class. You could download this guide for inspiration: pdf 'Plants and People in Mooro Country' (PDF 6.6mb); or visit the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council food website.

Noongar culture today

Activity: Learn more about Noongar culture today. Start your research on the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council website. Set yourself a challenge to learn 10 new things about Noongar culture. Design a poster to show your findings.

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