This is a rich multilayered resource about the Kulin nation - the Wathaurong; the Dja Dja Wurrung (Jaara); the Woiwurrung-speaking Wurundjeri; the Boon Wurrung; and the Taungerong peoples - of southern Victoria. It consists of a schematic map highlighting the peoples’ territories and the languages they spoke, a short description of their clan structure and economy, and links to two accounts about the nation. The highlighted sections of the map link to further information about the peoples, mostly their history and territorial boundaries or a famous person. They often also include clan names, key words in their languages, moieties (one half of the people) totems and further links.
F-10: Geography, History
Image, Interactive, Teacher Guide
Sense of place, Wathaurong, Land custodianship, Woiwurrung, Local history, Aboriginal peoples, Wurundjeri, Cultural identity, Jaara, Aboriginal languages, Taungerong, Dja Dja Wurrung, Boon Wurrung, Aboriginal history
Aboriginal peoplesAboriginal historyAboriginal languagesCultural identityLand custodianshipLocal historySense of place
This is a most valuable resource for the teaching and learning of the years 3 and 4 geography and history curriculums. It is particularly useful for local case studies centring on what is now Melbourne in both subject areas, and for content descriptions referring to the diversity of Australia's first peoples, the extent of their territories, and the importance and custodianship of Country. While many parts of the resource are appropriate for student use, some parts are more useful for teachers in providing helpful background information.
The resource is of considerable value for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It illustrates several of the priority's organising ideas: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies have many Language Groups; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place throughout all of Australia; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years and experiences can be viewed through historical, social and political lenses.