Gumby Gumby – Valuing Traditional Medicines

Students will engage with the film Gumby Gumby to learn more about Traditional Bush medicines and how ancient knowledge is now being affirmed by Western science.

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_TSICP3 The First Peoples of Australia are the traditional owners of Country/Place, protected in Australian Law by the Native Title Act 1993 which recognises pre-existing sovereignty, continuing systems of law and customs, and connection to Country/Place. This recognised legal right provides for economic sustainability and a voice into the development and management of Country/Place.

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

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.

A_TSIP2 First Nations Australians have sophisticated political, economic and social organisation systems, which include family and kinship structures, laws, traditions, customs, land tenure systems, and protocols for strong governance and authority.

A_TSIP3 The significant and ongoing contributions of First Nations Australians and their histories and cultures are acknowledged locally, nationally and globally.

Curriculum Links

AC9HE7K04 the reasons individuals work, the types of work they are involved in, and how they may derive an income

AC9HG7K07 the cultural connectedness of people to places and how this influences their identity, sense of belonging and perceptions of a place, in particular the cultural connectedness of First Nations Australians to Country/Place

AC9HH7K03 how First Nations Australians are the world’s oldest continuing cultures, displaying evidence of both continuity and change over deep time

AC9HH7K04 how First Nations Australians have responded to environmental processes and changes over time

AC9HH7K07 the cultural obligations of First Nations Australians about significant heritage sites, including ancestral remains, material culture and artifacts, and the role of collaboration between First Nations Australians and other individuals and groups to ensure cultural preservation

AC9HH7S03 Identify the origin, content, context and purpose of primary and secondary sources

AC9S7H01 explain how new evidence or different perspectives can lead to changes in scientific knowledge

AC9S7H02 investigate how cultural perspectives and world views influence the development of scientific knowledge

AC9S7I04 select and construct appropriate representations, including tables, graphs, models and mathematical relationships, to organise and process data and information

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

AC9E7LY02 use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information including evaluations of the features of spoken texts

AC9HP8P10 plan and implement strategies, using health resources, to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing

AC9TDE8K01 analyse how people in design and technologies occupations consider ethical and sustainability factors to design and produce products, services and environments

AC9TDE8K04 analyse how food and fibre are produced in managed environments and how these can become sustainable

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Unit Includes

  • 1 Focus Area
  • 3 Lessons



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