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[Episode 26 | Before Time : Barangaroo]

Barangaroo and Mung collect yabbies for the cook-off. When Barangaroo returns to the camp she finds that Mung has gone missing in Mumuga country, so she and her friends go searching for him.


The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [1]

Activity 1: Celebrate!
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Subtheme(s): Celebrations; Customs and traditions; Indigenous perspectives
  • As a class, view the clip and discuss the relationship between the two children, Barangaroo and Mung. As an Indigenous female child, Barangaroo is skilled in catching yabbies and looking after the younger members of the group. Although she is a natural leader, she finds opposition to her ideas from the boys. The clip illustrates the education of Indigenous children and the expectations on them to learn the ways of the group and be brave when faced with the Mumuga.
  • In Episode 26 | 1778: Before Time: Barangaroo the children plan a feast and catch yabbies and fish in preparation. Use the websites below to find out when events which celebrate or commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures will fall this year:
  1. NAIDOC, 'NAIDOC Week', www.naidoc.org.au/ 
  2. National Sorry Day Committee, 'Sorry Day', www.nsdc.org.au/
  3. New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, 'Survival Day', http://www.alc.org.au/nswalc-in-the-community/survival-day-2011.aspx
  4. Reconciliation Australia, 'National Reconciliation Week 2011 - Let's talk recognition', www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/national-reconciliation-week
  5. Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, 'National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day', www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=58
  6. Torres Strait Regional Authority, 'The Coming of the Light Festival', www.tsra.gov.au/the-torres-strait/events/coming-of-the-light.aspx
  7. ——'Mabo Day', www.tsra.gov.au/the-torres-strait/events/mabo-day.aspx
  8. Treeline, 'TreeLine @ The Bunya Dreaming', www.treeline.org.au/program/treeline-bunya-dreaming 
  • Create a calendar of events that includes local festivals held in your region.
  • Encourage students to find out more about what happens on each of these occasions and what each day celebrates and commemorates. Students should plan, organise, create and participate in a celebratory festival for that day.

  • Choose an event which is occurring soon. Students should research the reasons for the celebration or commemoration and write a letter to the school principal explaining why they think it is important that the class either organise a festival to celebrate the event or take part in festivities organised by a local community group.
  • Next, students should brainstorm ways they can celebrate the event in a culturally sensitive way. This could include creating an exhibit, artistic display or performance and inviting an Indigenous community member, cultural teacher or Elder into the school for the day.
  • Once the class has decided on how they will celebrate or participate in the event they can use the checklist provided in Student Activity Sheet H26.3: Celebrate! to plan their involvement. Allow time for students to create their event or choreograph their performance. 
  • Students should also design posters to market and promote their event.


Student Activity Sheet H26.3: Celebrate!

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