Aboriginal Artisans and Designers: Tools, Weapons, and Ceremonial Art

This focus area is an exploration of the art and design work in Wägilak communities. It examines the central role of art and design in Wägilak life, use of common symbols and individual or family variations. Students learn about cultural appropriation and the role of intellectual property laws. They investigate the importance of Aboriginal designs from a cultural standpoint and why designs cannot be copied or stolen. Students investigate the design features of the woomera, warriman spear, burrkuwurrku and ḏimbuka and compare these to similar objects from other cultures.

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

A_TSICP1 First Nations communities of Australia maintain a deep connection to, and responsibility for, Country/Place and have holistic values and belief systems that are connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways.

A_TSIC1 First Nations Australian societies are diverse and have distinct cultural expressions such as language, customs and beliefs. As First Nations Peoples of Australia, they have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural expressions, while also maintaining the right to control, protect and develop culture as Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.

A_TSIC2 First Nations Australians’ ways of life reflect unique ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.

A_TSIC3 The First Peoples of Australia (Aboriginal Peoples) belong to the world’s oldest continuous cultures. First Nations Australians demonstrate resilience in the maintenance, practice and revitalisation of culture despite the many historic and enduring impacts of colonisation, and continue to celebrate and share the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures.

A_TSIP1 Australia has 2 distinct First Nations Peoples; each encompasses a diversity of nations across Australia. Aboriginal Peoples are the first peoples of Australia and have occupied the Australian continent for more than 60,000 years. Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the First Nations Peoples of the Torres Strait and have occupied the region for over 4,000 years.

Curriculum Links

AC9E7LE01 identify and explore ideas, points of view, characters, events and/or issues in literary texts, drawn from historical, social and/or cultural contexts, by First Nations Australian, and wide-ranging Australian and world authors

AC9E7LE06 identify and explain how literary devices create layers of meaning in texts including poetry

AC9HC7K04 how Australia’s secular democracy and pluralist, multi-faith society draws upon diverse cultural origins, including Christian and Western heritage, distinct First Nations Australian histories and cultures, and migrant communities

AC9LC8U04 reflect on and explain how identity is shaped by language(s), culture(s), beliefs, attitudes and values

AC9ADA6E02 explore the ways that First Nations Australians use dance to continue and revitalise cultures

AC9HC7K04 how Australia’s secular democracy and pluralist, multi-faith society draws upon diverse cultural origins, including Christian and Western heritage, distinct First Nations Australian histories and cultures, and migrant communities

AC9HP8P02 analyse the impact of changes and transitions, and devise strategies to support themselves and others through these changes

AC9TDE8P03 select, justify and use suitable materials, components, tools, equipment, skills and processes to safely make designed solutions

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  • 1 Focus Area
  • 2 Lessons

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