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Perth, Western Australia
Noongar country extends across south-western Australia and includes the Swan River region. In 1829, Noongar people were confronted by the arrival of British colonists. Explore how the two groups interacted and how Noongar culture is practised today.
Learn about making a kodj (axe)
Watch this video of Noongar girl Lily Wilson talking about making a kodj (axe) with her grandmother, Noongar Elder Laurel Nannup, and her father, Brett Nannup.
Activity: Make a movie about a skill or family tradition taught to you by your parents, grandparents or an older friend or relative. Explain the skill or tradition passed on to you and what materials you need to preserve it.
Kalga (honey-gathering hook)
Activity: Samuel Talbot described how people used the honey-gathering hook, above, in his 1838 notes ‘Implements used by the natives’. Find out more about the types of food Noongar people ate. You can start your research on the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council website. What foods are similar to foods you eat today? What foods are different?
Boyi Moort (Turtle Families) carved surfboard
Look carefully at the Boyi Moort artwork above and read this quote by artist and Noongar man Peter Farmer, 2015:
When I was a young boy, when we swam in the rivers or the ocean, we would see if we could see any turtles – a strong and significant totem in my father’s country.
Activity: Design your own surfboard, thinking about what animal you could use to represent your family. Draft your design digitally or use materials such as card, cellophane, pencils and pastels.
Activity: Miago and Samuel Talbot were interested in other people’s cultures. Have you ever had an experience of a culture other than your own? What happened? How did it feel? Share your story with a classmate and listen to their story. What are the similarities and differences between your experiences?