Spirituality, Country and People

In this lesson students reflect on their own understanding of spirituality and compare with others. Students will reflect on how Adnyamathanha spirituality is demonstrated in the story, Yurlu: The Kingfisher Man and how many features of the story play a spiritual role for the Adnyamathanha people. Students explore disruptions to traditional practices and ways of life and the effects these have on the Adnyamathanha people.

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

AC9HS5K02 The impact of the development of British colonies in Australia on the lives of First Nations Australians, the colonists and convicts, and on the natural environment.

AC9HS5S04 Evaluate primary and secondary sources to determine origin, purpose and perspectives.

AC9HS6S07 Present descriptions and explanations, drawing ideas, findings and viewpoints from sources, and using relevant terms and conventions.

AC9E5LY02 Use appropriate interaction skills including paraphrasing and questioning to clarify meaning, make connections to own experience, and present and justify an opinion or idea.

AC9E5LA0 Understand how vocabulary is used to express greater precision of meaning, including through the use of specialist and technical terms, and explore the history of words.

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Unit Includes

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  • 2 Lessons



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