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Subject:

English

Year level:

Level 9

Burnt Tree Bark. Blackheath, Dharug country.

Activity 1 - Aboriginal burning practices represented in painting

This activity is a part of the Representations in film and text resource.

Burnt Tree Bark. Blackheath, Dharug country. Photographer: Andrew Merry. Source: Getty Images. Used under licence. 

In this activity, students will read Kim Mahood's article Country needs people, analyse the opening quotation and a painting, and explore the diverse representations of traditional ecological knowledge, culminating in a written reflection on how these elements shape their understanding of Martu burning practices.

Required resources

Step by step guide

Step 1: Read article

Students to read the article ‘Country needs people’ by Kim Mahood. 0

Step 2: Compare, contrast and evaluate text and painting

Students should compare the article’s opening quotation, which the author has taken from social media, with the photograph of the painting Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area 2013 and the author’s discussion of it in the text. (Please note: Students will need to undertake an internet search for the painting).

Students will examine these two examples and evaluate the different representations of traditional ecological knowledge contained in each. Teachers may like to use the Analysis Question template provided.

Step 3: Written summary

Students will then write a paragraph summarising how Mahood’s contrasting use of the painting and the quotation work together to influence their understanding of Martu burning practices. 

Related activities within this resources:

Burnt Tree Bark. Blackheath, Dharug country.

Inquiry-based learning questions

These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs.

Burnt Tree Bark. Blackheath, Dharug country.

Activity 2 - Contemporary Aboriginal fire management represented in film

In this activity, students watch the film 'Waru, kuka, mirrka wankarringu-lampaju,' take notes on its context and key speakers, and discuss its significance in conveying Martu's fire management story and its social and environmental benefits.

Suggested timing:

60 minutes

Required resources:

Laptop/tablet with internet connection, Projector or Smart TV

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