Here you will find a suggested way of presenting the task that pupils have completed in part one, and some questions for reflection (designed for TOK). The cards for parts B and C are found at the bottom of this page.
Pupils sit in their group, paired with another group. Presentation of work is done using a simplified version of an aboriginal pedagogical technique called “yarning”. Yarning is a conversation around a particular subject where the ideas are discussed through dialogue.
The process goes something like…
Group one – presents what they chose for part one, what choices they made in the source material they used and why. Group 2 then asks questions about what Group one has presented to encourage reflection and deeper discussion.
Group 2 – present as group one above. Group one asks questions.
Group 1 moves on to part two. Process continues as above.
REFLECTION – DISCUSSION
1a. When working through the tasks, which pieces of information about Aboriginal knowledge did you find most interesting?
1b. What was it about these that you found most interesting?
1c. Can you relate your answer to the question above to your own ways of knowing?
1d. What ways of knowing do you think lie in the aboriginal knowledge regarding these pieces of information?
2a. Where do your ways of knowing and the aboriginal ways of knowing overlap?
2b. If you had to choose one piece of information/knowledge system to incorporate into everyday life where you live, what would you take?
2c. Why have you chosen this piece of information/knowledge system?
2d. How could this be applied to the wider society in the country you live or in the world?
One of your group isn’t feeling well. He has a fever and a rash on his chest and is coughing a lot. Your aboriginal friend suggests you use traditional medicine to make him better. On the way to collect some herbs, one of you falls and cuts their knee and needs medical help too…
One of your friend thinks a storm may be coming in. Your aboriginal friend disagrees as he/she has learnt to read signs in nature. Use the links on aboriginal meteorology to find out how the signs in nature could be read.
Your friend teaches you how to make a dot painting. You each draw one in the ground, using the symbols to tell about a journey you have taken or a place you know well.
Your friend teaches you traditional dance and music. While trying them out, he explains to you what the dances and songs mean.
Your friend is good a telling stories, so he tells you a story from the Dreamtime. Describe the story he tells you.