History / Levels 3 and 4 / Historical Knowledge / First contacts
The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the effects on their daily lives.
Examining early archaeological sites that show the longevity of the Aboriginal people, for example, Nauwalabila, Malakunanja, Devil’s Lair, Lake Mungo and Preminghana.
Mapping the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups in Australia, with particular emphasis on the local area and state/territory.
Investigating pre-contact ways of life of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people, their knowledge of their environment including land management practices, their sense of the interconnectedness of Country/Place, people, culture and identity, and some of their principles, such as caring for country, caring for each other and respecting all things.
Studying totems in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and examining the differences between their totems.
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