These activities encourage students to personalise their learning about the importance of Country/Place as represented in Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander culture.
After conducting one of the research tasks earlier in the resource, have the class collaborate to create a map showing landforms with significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia. This could be done physically with a large paper map, or electronically using Google Maps or similar software.
Another way to personalise learning might be to visit a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander site of significance. Heritage Lists are a great place to start to find out about what is near you:
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes places such as:
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Kakadu National Park
- Purnululu National Park
- Tasmanian Wilderness
- Willandra Lakes Region
You can search for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander places on the National Heritage List.
There are also State and Territory registers and lists. Depending on the site you may need to use keywords or categories such as ‘aboriginal’, ‘indigenous’, ‘torres strait islander’ to find places.
- New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage
- ACT Heritage Register
- Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Database and Register
- Northern Territory Government Indigenous heritage information
- Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
- Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania
- Government of Western Australia Department of Aboriginal Affairs
- South Australia State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
Be aware that it might not be appropriate to visit some sites for cultural or other reasons. It is best to check with your State or Territory government, local heritage body (Council) or the relevant traditional owner group directly about the best way to do this.
Alternatively, you could visit and discuss the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander component of your local museum.