6 results found
Living off our waters
Water, Humanities and Social Sciences, Year 4
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have developed resource utilisation and management regimes for marine, riparian and estuarine habitats and incorporated cultural, ritual and social rules and practices governing use and harvesting to ensure the sustainability of these resources as a major component of their traditional ecological knowledge systems.
Colonising the landscape
Fire, Humanities and Social Sciences, Year 9
Prior to colonisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples used ‘fire-stick farming’ to manage the landscape for sustainable food production, but the events of colonisation resulted in profound changes in the landscape.
Budj Bim: an Aboriginal cultural heritage landscape
Water, Humanities and Social Sciences, Year 10
The management of the Budj Bim landscape in southwest Victoria people by its traditional owners, the Gunditjmara people, in collaboration with the Victorian Government and other parties, demonstrates several features of modern protection systems of landscapes, environments and cultural heritage.
Indigenous astronomy, geography, and star maps
Astronomy, Humanities and Social Sciences, Year 8
Star maps are song series encoded to memory using the stars. In these maps, stars correlate with landscape features and places to find food and water, while their orientations represent the directions of the pathways for travelling. Star maps are so crucial to navigation that even some modern highway networks and towns in parts of Australia are based on Aboriginal star maps.
Fire and land management: past and present
Fire, Humanities and Social Sciences, Year 6
Aboriginal peoples have developed a continent-wide land management system using fire, a practice which has evolved over millennia.
Indigenous astronomy and seasonal calendars
Astronomy, Humanities and Social Sciences, Year 5
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have an understanding of how the stars and constellations are connected to environmental phenomena on Earth. They developed complex seasonal calendars that incorporate detailed knowledge of the positions of stars and constellations with corresponding terrestrial events, such as changing weather patterns, animal behaviour, and the availability of plants and medicines.