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The Arts

Year level:

Level 9, Level 10

Suggested timing:

30 minutes

Required resources:

Laptop/tablet, Internet connection, Goggle Earth

Eubenangee Swamp National Park Gimuy country.

Activity 2 - Mapping story places

This activity is a part of the The Swamp resource.

Eubenangee Swamp National Park Australia. Gimuy country. Source: Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 2.0. 

Using Google Earth, students explore the Arafura Swamp's impact on Yolngu life, considering environmental, cultural, and practical aspects. They compare the swap's centrality to their own surroundings, discuss challenges to traditional culture, and gain insights into Indigenous life.

Required resources

  • Laptop/tablet with internet connection

  • Google Earth

Step by step guide

Step 1: Explore the Arafura Swamp using Google Earth

  • Go to Google Earth (

  • Search for Ramingining. Then search for the Arafura Swamp. Now find individual rivers and nearby wetlands. Consider what they are like on the ground, and how they would change between wet and dry seasons. 

Step 2: Compare own surroundings to Yolngu life

Now have students find their town on Google Earth and have a look at the landscape. Find local rivers, wetlands, coastline, mountains, or other features in the landscape.

Step 3: Questions for students to consider

  • How does the landscape, weather and seasons influence your place and how you live and how does this compare to life in the Arafura Swamp?

  • The Yolngu people are responsible for their swamp. What are you responsible for? 

  • How do you look after your environment and the land you live on? 

  • Are there environmental problems in your place? What could be done better? 

Related activities within this resources:

Eubenangee Swamp National Park Gimuy country.

Activity 1 - The Swamp

Students view "The Swamp" film, exploring its genre, impact on Indigenous storytelling, deviations from traditional documentaries, and analyse the elements used for meaning and audience engagement.

Suggested timing:

30 minutes

Required resources:

AV equipment

Eubenangee Swamp National Park Gimuy country.

Activity 3 - Telling the story of a place

Students explore a natural environment, observe, create group stories using visual media, and analyse their storytelling choices in a classroom presentation and discussion.

Suggested timing:

One lesson

Required resources:

Filming device, Local natural area

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