This is a video about the native food plants of the Mount Gambier region in South Australia and how they were used by the local Buandig Aboriginal people. It is introduced by ethnobotanist and author Neville Bonney who shows a wide range of local plants, often giving their names in Bungandidj language. The plants include currant bush, golden wattle, kunzea, bulrush, succulents, wild spinach, river mint and wild celery. Bonney tells how leaves and seed pods were eaten as warm or cold vegetables, seeds were ground, roots chewed, and fibre dried for use as string or in weaving. He explains that the range of plants is determined by the conditions and by evolution and notes that some plants are now being farmed. The video lasts for 5:01 min and the final sequence shows chef Kirby Shearing preparing kangaroo rubbed with native pepper, smoked with native rosemary, and garnished with coastal saltbush, native spinach and coastal parsley.
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F-10: Design and Technologies, Geography, History
Natural Resources, Fibres (Materials), Primary Industries Education Foundation, Vegetation, Buandig people, PIEFA, Traditional Knowledge, Neville Bonney, Food products, Aboriginal history
This resource, intended for mid primary students, is of considerable value for the Geography, History and Design and Technologies curriculums. Resources about native plants for this age group are not commonly available and while teacher scaffolding may be needed for some of the terms used in the commentary, it fills a significant gap.
The video is particularly useful for year 4 Geography. It is relevant for content descriptions in the Knowledge and understanding strand that refer to natural vegetation and its significance for people and to the natural resources provided by the environment. It is also relevant for the years 3/4 content description in Design and Technologies referring to food and fibre production and food technologies used in traditional societies.
The resource is of considerable value for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority, particularly for the organising idea that Aboriginal People's ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing. The resource also has a specific use in relation to the year 3 History content description about the importance of Country to Aboriginal peoples who belong to a local area. It provides valuable information for a local study of the Buandig people.