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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.
Law, song, and a Meriam Moon Dance
Astronomy, English, Year 5
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples maintain complex oral traditions, which include song and dance, that serve as oral texts, containing important information about traditional Laws.
Digital technology and managing Indigenous astronomical knowledge
Astronomy, Technologies, Year 7, Year 8
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge is passed to successive generations through oral tradition, including story, song, and dance.
Astronomical knowledge in art
Astronomy, The Arts, Year 7, Year 8
In the Visual Arts Indigenous narratives are shared through symbols and with materials made from and of country.
Seasonal foods and Aboriginal astronomy
Astronomy, Health and Physical Education, Year 5, Year 6
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people pay close attention to the positions of the stars to determine seasonal change. This informs them about the behaviours of plants and animals that are used for food and medicine.
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.
Indigenous astronomy and song series
Astronomy, English, Year 8
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to navigate across vast areas of land and sea, sophisticated knowledge systems were necessary. Their terrestrial and astronomical knowledge was remembered in cultural expressions, such song series (or song lines) which provided memory maps used to travel long distances across the landscape or seas. These songs and their rhythm (which are often composed of different languages) aided travellers crossing the land, telling them where to find food, water, and shelter by using landscape and skyscape features.
Sharing astronomical narratives from country
Astronomy, The Arts, Year 5, Year 6
Aboriginal narratives are shared through symbols and with materials made from and of country, and provide a connection to country and a portal to a metaphysical or spiritual dimension.
Stellar navigation and mathematics
Astronomy, Mathematics, Year 5
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also developed techniques to navigate using the stars in a variety of ways, using mathematical principles.
Indigenous Astronomy and the Solar System
Astronomy, Science, Year 5
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain detailed knowledge systems about objects in the Solar System, including the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, and meteors.
Mathematics, moon phases, and tides
Astronomy, Mathematics, Year 8
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have long observed the phases of the Moon and used it to understand the tides and the effect on the environment around them.
Aboriginal astronomy and appropriate relationships
Astronomy, Health and Physical Education, Year 7, Year 8
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander laws, often conveyed in lore, contain strict rules about social behaviours, warning and punishing those who act in a disrespectful and harassing manner. This sort of negative behaviour is taboo, and helps the community maintain a healthy relationship and a communal sense of wellbeing.
Astronomy, Science, Year 8
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed extensive knowledge about the world around them through observation, experimentation, experience, and deduction.
Indigenous astronomy, communication, and digital technology
Astronomy, Technologies, Year 5, Year 6
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions contain a wealth of knowledge about the Sun, Moon, and stars. This knowledge informs cultural concepts about origins (creation stories), social practices and protocols (law), and ideas about life and death (philosophy).