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Indigenous Understanding PLT: Art Music and Design

Strand 1 PLT

Acknowledgement of Country

Visitors should be aware that this Research Guide may contain images or documentation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased.

Mount St Benedict College acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ancestors have walked this country and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.

Finding Resources in Accessit

 

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.

 

Kate Owen Galleries

Aboriginal People do not have their own written language, and so they make use of many common symbols (often called iconography) in their artwork. Although these vary from region to region, they are generally understood and form an important part of Australian Indigenous art. 

Archie Roach Foundation

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Songlines: Aboriginal Art and Storytelling

For more than 50,000 years, stories have been told through art. Take a tour through Aboriginal art galleries and meet artists from across the Northern Territory

An exhibition at the NGV celebrates the origins of Western Desert Art

Top End artist, Banduk Marika, explains the tiresome process behind creating an authentic Aboriginal artwork.

Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Ferguson working on a dot painting of the platypus. Bronwyn has been painting Aboriginal art for a number of years since discovering her Aboriginal heritage later in life. Born in Geelong, Victoria, and adopted out as a baby, Bronwyn, whose birth name was Karen Kerr, is seeking her 'mob' through the Link Up organization.

How to teach dot painting to kids is a great way to introduce Aboriginal culture into your school curriculum. I have taught this technique from prep year through to year 6, and the children have always enjoyed this activity

Japingka

David Wroth, Director of Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, provides a perspective on the use of symbols in Aboriginal art, and introduces Indigenous Australian artists talking about how they use symbols in their own work.

Aboriginal Art and Culture

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Music song and dance was and is still today a very important part of Aboriginal life and customs. We had songs for every occasion, hunting songs, funeral songs, gossip songs and songs of ancestors, landscapes, animals, seasons, myths and Dreamtime legends.

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