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Indigenous Australians - year 4 : Documentaries

Multi-media resources to support the year 4 unit on integrated unit on Indigenous Australians, by Mrs. Butler, the junior school teacher/librarian @ Caulfield Grammar, Wheelers Hill campus.

Skippy: Be Our Guest 1968

Clancy, the girl in the episode, falls off her house when it gets spooked by a snake. When two Aboriginal men take Clancy by the arms to lead her away from a contaminated waterhole, Clancy is initially scared. However when they offer her fresh water and something to eat at their camp she realises their good intent and relaxes. Finding a means of communication without a shared language, a tribe member draws a snake to show what she is eating. Politely putting the food aside, Clancy then draws a map to express the land features of the home to which she needs to return.

Wirriya: Small Boy 2004

This clip shows 7-year-old Ricco Japaljarri Martin and his classmates at an Indigenous Australian community school near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Ricco and his classmates are shown singing a song together and Ricco says that he 'loves to learn’. Ricco is shown with a book learning about Mexico and Nigeria. He asserts that he is going to Mexico and in a later sequence stands in front of a world map and identifies Mexico. In Warlpiri language, language class, Ricco introduces his Warlpiri teacher and clarifies that his skin name is Japaljarri. 


Dig It: Colonisation

This program focuses specifically on the Aboriginal occupation of Australia since before the recognised beginning of world history. Other points covered are; early visitors, traders and explorers to Australia, the arrival of the British and their impact on Aboriginal culture, the reasons for British settlement and the effects all this has had on today's Aboriginal Communities.

Discovering Australia's Aboriginal History: Australian experience

Australian Aboriginal artists, writers, performers and politicians discuss the marginalisation of Aboriginal input into Australian documented histories. Excerpts from early television programs about Aborigines, and parts of films produced by Aborigines are used to show alternative views of Australian history. Extensive use is made of archival footage.