[Episode 23 | 1788 : Waruwi]
Waruwi encounters a cow for the first time and is unsure what to make of it. After seeing some marines and a drummer boy, she returns home to Nana to tell her about the 'ghost people' and the cow.
The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop:
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1. Students should first consider how people from the other culture are different to them. Ask members of one culture to describe the other. Students can make notes in the T-chart in Student Activity Sheet H23.2: First contact game: Rabbit and bilby cultures.
2. Next, ask students to reflect upon how they felt interacting with the other culture. How did they feel about visiting the other group? How did they feel when they were visited? Student responses can lead into a discussion of the following issues:
a What problems did people from your culture have when visiting the other group?
b How did you solve these problems?
c Did you fit in or did you manage to remain separate?
d Was the behaviour of your visitors appropriate?
3. Lastly, ask students to consider their judgements of members of the other cultural group. Allow each group to explain the actual rules of their culture. Ask students to consider whether they misjudged the other culture and whether they feel that they were fairly judged.
Point out to students that the prejudices they developed have arisen over just one or two classes. Ask them to contemplate how deeply entrenched such views might be if held for many years or centuries. Explain that cultural differences develop because different peoples have invented different ways of solving the problems presented to them by living. You can draw on the experiences of students in this activity when examining historical interactions between Indigenous groups and European settlers when the First Fleet arrived in Australia.
Student Activity Sheet H23.1: First contact game: Card template
Student Activity Sheet H23.2: First contact game: Rabbit and bilby cultures
Student Activity Sheet H23.3: Local knowledge