Find language, stories, symbols and broader cultural understandings of the importance of water for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in your local area and/or across Australia. Research language words for water and other water related concepts.
Explore the multilayered meanings (material, cultural and spiritual wellbeing) and the local language words associated with rivers, waterholes, seas, lakes, soaks and springs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHGK049)
Investigate the diversity of words and concepts used across Aboriginal Australia to explain spirituality or ‘dreaming’ by local groups:
Ungud: Ngarinyin people, North-western Australia
Aldjerinya: Arrernte people, Central Australia
Tjukurpa: Pitjantjatjara people, North-Western South Australia
Wongar: North-Eastern Arnhem Land
Bugari: Broome, North-Western Australia
(From Edwards, 1994 PG 67 in Tripconny, 1996)
Also find out about the Legends of the Torres Strait.
Consider how these ideas reflect the formation, meaning and interconnection of landforms and landscapes.
Explore the multilayered meanings (material, cultural and spiritual wellbeing) and the local language words associated with landscapes and landforms by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in your area.
The ways of protecting significant landscapes (ACHGK052)
Identify the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and languages present with regards to the use and management of landforms and landscapes.
The perceptions people have of place, and how this influences their connections to different places (ACHGK065)
Compare students’ perceptions and use of places and spaces in their local area, particularly at different times of day, between males and females, different age groups, people with and without a disability, and people from diverse cultures and languages.
Work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to understand the unique connections with place through time and relationships and the role language plays.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of explaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of sustainability that contribute to broader conservation practices Australia (ACHGK072)
Research the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their knowledges and languages, in environmental management.
Explain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models of sustainability that contribute to broader conservation practices including the maintenance and revival of Australia’s first languages and their importance to place and culture.
The different ways of measuring and mapping human wellbeing and development, and how these can be applied to measure differences between places (ACHGK076)
Examine and compare different concepts of human wellbeing, including those held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Exploring why the revival and maintenance of Australian languages is so important to wellbeing of all Australians.