Embedding Indigenous Science

Astronomy

Meteorology and the seasons

Using Available Resources: Bush Tucker and Medicines, Ochres, Dyes and Utensils

Managing the Land

Weapons

Musical instruments and noise makers

General

Science Years 7-10 - from Aboriginal educational contexts, NSW Board of Studies. The main focus of the Aboriginal Perspectives in Science Project has been the development of teaching-learning resources that might assist Science teachers to develop programs emphasising the Aboriginal and Indigenous cross-curriculum content, dealing with it in culturally appropriate ways and in authentic contexts.

Aboriginal Studies Across the Curriculum - from Teachers on the Web, Aussie SchoolHouse

Teaching ideas and resources - by Michael Michie. Teaching ideas, resources and lesson plans for Aboriginal studies

Indigenous Science Network - from convenor Michael Michie. The Indigenous Science Network originated from a meeting in Darwin (Australia) in 1998 for people attending the Australian Science Teachers' Conference (CONASTA) and the conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) who were interested in Indigenous science. It has expanded to include people from all over the globe and includes academics, researchers and classroom practitioners. The Network is a web-based exchange of information and ideas. The bulletins have been produced every two months and have been archived at the website. A number of useful links have been established.

 

Astronomy

NSW Syllabus reference:

General

Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy - from UniServe Science. A web-based activity exploring how different cultures have interpreted constellations

Aboriginal Cosmology and Environmental Knowledge - from Aboriginal Education, NSW Board of Studies. Good background information for teachers

The Sun and Moon - some Aboriginal perspectives - Aboriginal Education and Employment Services, South Australia. Activity sheet (pdf, 143 kb)

Astronomy and Australian Indigenous People - Astronomical Society of South Australia. Good background information for teachers (pdf, 318 kb)

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy - from CSIRO. Provides a basic introduction to Aboriginal Astronomy, as well as resources for further reading

The Emu in the Sky - from Questacon. A range of Aboriginal astronomy myths

Other

Traditions of the Sun - Native Americans in New Mexico and the ancient Maya in the Yucatan

Inuit Sky Culture - from The Stellarium. An introductin to Inuit sky culture

Ancient Egyptian astronomy - compares Ancient Egyptian and Chinese astronomy


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Meteorology and Seasons

NSW Syllabus reference:

Australian Aborigines

Indigenous Weather Knowledge - from Bureau of Meteorology. An introduction to Indigenous weather methods

The Lost Seasons - from The Lab, ABC's gateway to Science

A Celestial Calendar (The Seasons) - from Questacon. An introduction to the Celestial Calendar

Seasonal Calendar - from Burarra Gathering, Questacon. About the indigenous Seasonal Calendar

5 Seasons - from Australian Screen, includes short video clip

 

Other

The Inundation - from Tour Egypt. A feature story on The Inundation


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Using Available Resources: Bush Tucker and Medicines, Ochres, Dyes and Utensils

NSW Syllabus reference:

Australian Aborigines

Aboriginal Use of Native Plants - resources developed by UniServe Science

Traditional Aboriginal Painting Methods - from Aboriginal Art Online. An introduction to various Aboriginal painting methods

Technology - an introduction to the Ngadjonji's use of raw materials for the production of a wide variety of objects which made their lives more secure and comfortable.

Aboriginal Plant Use and Technology - from Australian National Botanic Gardens (pdf, 329kb)

Aboriginal Tools and Culture - a CultureQuest on Aboriginal tools and culture

Mining by Aborigines – Australia's first miners - a PrimeFacts fact sheet from NSW Department of Primary Industries (pdf 647 kb)

Stories of the Dreaming - from Indigenous Australia. Find out about about custodianship of the Dreaming stories, secret/sacred issues and special copyright

Rock painting - a lesson plan from CSIRO

Iron Oxide Pigments - from Primary Industries and Resources, South Australia. An introduction to Iron Oxide Pigments; commonly used in Aboriginal art


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Managing the land

NSW Syllabus reference:

Australian Aborigines

Environmental knowledge and land management - from Engaging with Australian Indigenous Science, Michael Michie. An introduction to environmental knowledge and land management methods used by Aborigines

Mindjongork: Legacy of the firestick - Proceedings of the 1994 symposium on Biodiversity and Fire in North Australia. Good background information for teachers

Fire - from Alice Springs Desert Park. Includes culture notes, student activities and teaching plans

The Future Eaters - television from ABC

The Impact of Fire: An Historical Perspective - by Jim Kohen, Australian Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants


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Weapons

NSW Syllabus reference:

Australian Aborigines

Weapons and Tools - of the Ngadjonji Rainforest People

Aboriginal Plant Use and Technology - from Australian National Botanic Gardens (pdf 329 kb)

Aboriginal tools and culture - from CultureQuest

Indigenous technology - from Questacon. An introduction to various forms of indigenous technology

How Boomerangs Work - from How Stuff Works. Includes videos

Traditional tools, weapons and utensils - from Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing Network

Australian Indigenous tools and technology - from Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. An introduction to Australian Indigenous tools and technology

Other cultures

Hunting Tools and Techniques; Food Preparation and Storage - of the The Beothuks, the indigenous people Newfoundland


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Musical instruments and noise makers

NSW Syllabus reference:

Australian Aborigines

Australian Aboriginal Musical Instruments: The Didjeridu, The Bullroarer And The Gumleaf - by Neville H. Fletcher, Australian National University

Traditional Aboriginal Musical Instruments - from Aborignal Art Online. A list of musical instruments, includes descriptions

Australian Aboriginal Music - general information from Southern Cross University

Traditional Aboriginal Music - from Australian Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre. Includes map depicting the distrubution of instrument types

Make a didgeridoo - didjeridu - either from wood or PVC pipe, from Didges We Doo

Other

Checklist of Musical Instruments of the Indigenous Peoples of North America - from the National Music Museum

The Inuit Drum Dancer - from Inuit Art of Canada

Extreme Singing - from The Pure Drop, ABC. Includes video demonstrating extreme singing

Index of Musical Instruments - an index of instruments from the program The Pure Drop, ABC


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