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Explore the central role played by water in the livelihoods, knowledge systems and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Learn more about Water

Water is the source of life. It plays a central role in cultural stories showing the connection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Country/Place. In this Element, learn how Water defined language boundaries shaping Indigenous social organisation systems as well as providing material needs for family such as sustenance and transportation.

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A photograph of a burnt patch of bush with some patches of fire still visible and lots of ash and burnt materials.


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Tree branches and cloudy sky


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