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  1. Barlow, A & Hill, M, 2000, The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Australia's Aboriginal Peoples, Macmillan Education Australia, South Yarra, ISBN 0 7329 5434 7
    This encyclopaedia is a useful reference for students. Volume 2 contains information about Aboriginal clothing including possum skin cloaks.
  2. Ellis, Jean A, 1994, Australia's Aboriginal Heritage, Collins Dove, Victoria, ISBN 1 86371 262 3
    This book contains a chapter on the totem system.
  3. Flannery, T F, 1994, The Future Eaters, Reed Books, Chatswood, NSW,? ISBN 0 7301 0422 2
    Chapter 25 is a useful reference for teachers.
  4. Halling, H (ed), From Ochres to Eel Traps, 1999, Science Educators Association, ACT., ISBN 0 646 37637 3
    This resource, which contains information about Aboriginal science and technology, includes a chapter on seasonal calendars.
  5. Isaac, J (ed), 1991, Australian Dreaming: 40,000 Years of Aboriginal History, Ure Smith Press, NSW, ISBN 0 7254 08278
    This book presents Aboriginal peoples own accounts of their history and their explanations for the formation of the landscape, their own origins and the origins of their way of life.
  6. Kirk, R L, 1983, Aboriginal Man Adapting, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, ISBN 0 19 554408
    This book is a useful reference for teachers. It contains a chapter on the adaptations of Aboriginal people to their environment, including a study on their metabolic adaptation to cold desert nights.
  7. Thomson, D F, 2003, Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing Ltd, Victoria, ISBN 0 522 85063 4
    This book contains information about the seasonal cycle of the Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land, pages 172, 173.


  1. Wiradjuri Heritage Study for the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area of New South Wales: Report to Wiradjuri and Associated Community of Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga City Council, 2002
    Book: ISBN 1875247203
    CD: ISBN 187524719X


  1. The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, ACT, 1994


  1. 5 Seasons, 2004, Ronin Films
    This documentary focuses on the fight by a family of the Numurindi people to hold onto their culture and ways. In spite of enjoying some of the benefits of the modern world. they are still guided by the seasons and the stories of the dreamtime.
    Available from http://www.roninfilms.com.au/video/1871945/0/2409937110


1. Keeping Warm
Information from Microsoft Encarta Online. This section, titled Aboriginal Australians, includes useful information on Aboriginal clothing and ornamentation.
2. Classifying Animals

This site is produced by the Department of Education and Childrens Services of South Australia. Click on Educator Support, Aboriginal Perspectives, Science then scroll down to an activity on Naming and Classification Systems as well as other useful links.

Scroll down for useful information on Aboriginal totems.

3. Managing the Environment

This site contains useful information for students and teachers about traditional ecological knowledge and a comparison with a Western-based science approach. The case study Indigenous fire practice in Western Arnhem Land: Lessons for today referred in the teaching–learning sequence is provided, along with other research paper and information sheets.

An excerpt from the ABC Radio show PM, dealing with preliminary research that has shown that Aborigines who lived in caves in Tasmania up to 20,000 years ago used advanced planning to manage land use.
This is a feature from ABC Science titled The Lost Seasons. It reports on a new partnership between ancient wisdom and modern science in determining weather patterns.
This is a news report from the ABCs Landline program dealing with a variety of opinions about fire management in the Northern Territory. This is the article 'To Burn or Not to Burn' referred to in the teachinglearning sequence.
This site is currently under development. Its aim is to incorporate indigenous knowledge into existing science and other education programs. Click on Related Online Projects for useful links.
This information sheet Indigenous fire practice in Western Arnhem Land: Lessons for today is a publication of the Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Centre at Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT (formaly Northern Territory University).
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