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Suggested Resources

Books

  1. From Ochres to Eel Traps, 1999, Science Educators Association, ACT. ISBN 0-646-37637-3
  2. Burra, L, 2003, Spirit of the Night Sky, JB Books P/L, South Australia. ISBN 1 876 622 326
  3. D'Arcy, P, 1994, The Emu in the Sky: Stories about the Aboriginals and the Day and Night Skies, in M Sutton (ed), The National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra, ACT. ISBN 0 646 18202 1
  4. Edwards, W H (ed), 1987, Traditional Aboriginal Society: A Reader, MacMillan, South Melbourne. ISBN 0 333 43034 4 (hardback), ISBN 0 333 43033 6 (paperback)
  5. Mowaljarlai, D, 1984, When the Snake Bites the Sun, Scholastic, Gosford, NSW. ISBN 0-86896 267 8
  6. Sharwood, J & Kuhn, 2004, M, Science Edge 3, Nelson Australia, Vic. ISBN 0170108317
  7. Worawee (Emma Wilson), Astronomy and Other Seasons, 1999, Manuta Tunapee Puggaluggalia Publishers, PO Box 1437, Lindisfarne, Tasmania 7015. (Aspects of Tasmania's Traditional People Series) ISBN 1 87620 025
  8. Worawee (Emma Wilson), 1999, Traditional Aquaculture Methods Manuta Tunapee Puggaluggalia Publishers, PO Box 1437, Lindisfarne, Tasmania 7015. (Aspects of Tasmania's Traditional People Series) ISBN 1876260130

Kit

  1. Audiocassette and Chart
    Aboriginal Sky Figure: your guide to finding sky figures in the stars, based on Aboriginal dreamtime stories, researched and related by Gaparingu Naputa; ast

Websites

http://www.questacon.edu.au
This website of the Department of Education, Science and Training has a 'Kids' section. Click on this to go to the 'Fun Zone' where you will find a range of interactive activities in the 'Star Lab'. The 'Aboriginal Astronomy' subcategory contains a number of Aboriginal astronomy stories.
http://thinkquest.org/
ThinkQuest is an international website-building competition where teams of students and teachers are challenged to build websites on educational topics and the winning websites are published in the ThinkQuest Library section of this website.
In the Library section, under the heading Science and Technology, select Astronomy to find a large number of websites developed by students. One of these sites, 'Southern Stars', developed by students from Maitland High School, contains general information on Aboriginal people, the dreamtime, and Aboriginal astronomy.
http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/
The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology has an excellent link to this site on Indigenous weather. There is a great deal of background material together with a table that compares Aboriginal seasons with the European calendar.
http://www.assa.org.au/nacaa/aaaip.pdf
This printable pdf file is an article entitled 'Astronomy and Australian Indigenous People'. It contains a wealth of background material together with teaching and learning ideas.
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