Democracy

Aboriginal society

We were very pleased to welcome Beniah's Nanna-Mum, Annie, to our school today as part of our Stage 3 History unit on Democracy.  It was wonderful to hear a first-hand account of her experience living in the Western Desert region of Western Australia.  Students learned how government decisions have had a significant impact on the connections with Country and family that are central to the belief systems and ways of life for Aboriginal peoples across Australia. She explained about Tjukurrpa, a Western Desert term for Aboriginal Dreaming, but which also encompasses Aboriginal culture, law, traditional practices and knowledge of Country. Students also learned about traditional practices such as hunting, gathering bush tucker, and making and looking after water sources. Our thanks to Annie for extending our students' understanding in this important curriculum area.

 

                Annie and Beniah