Managing Country

Facilitated

Dates

Monday to Friday at 10.00am and 12:30pm.

Primary/Secondary
Secondary
Curriculum
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
HASS
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Ethical understanding
Intercultural understanding
Year Level
Year 7 – 9
Duration
90 Minutes
Cost

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

For millenia, Aboriginal peoples have intentionally managed Country to create regrowth and replenishment.

Complex systems of understanding and listening to Country inform the processes of securing food sources and shelter, and caring for lands in the long term. Structures such as fish traps and processes like ‘fire stick farming’ are highly engineered and challenge colonial perceptions of Aboriginal ways of life.

Students explore the multifaceted way Aboriginal peoples engineer on Country, exploring case studies and stories in our collection.

Student Experience

Students will

  • Recognise the deep connection that Aboriginal peoples have to Country 
  • Undertake an inquiry and explore examples of Aboriginal peoples intentional management of Country across multiple Museum galleries 
  • Use evidence for facilitated discussion 
  • Identify how Aboriginal land management practices continue today

Skills development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 7

  • Place and liveability: The factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places (ACHGK043)
  • Communicating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to review original understandings and/or determine actions in response to events, challenges, developments, issues, problems and/or phenomena (WAHASS78)

Year 8

  • Landforms and landscapes: The spiritual, cultural and aesthetic value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHGK049)
  • Communicating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to review original understandings and/or determine actions in response to events, challenges, developments, issues, problems and/or phenomena (WAHASS78)

Year 9

  • Geographies of interconnections: The perceptions people have of place, and how this influences their connections to different places (ACHGK065) 
  • Communicating and reflecting: Compare evidence to substantiate judgements (e.g. use information and/or data from different places or times; use tables, graphs, models, theories) (WAHASS95)