That Australia has the world's largest rock? It is named Uluru and is in central Australia. Another word for a massive rock is, MONOLITH. Most of Uluru is underground, its like a rock iceberg. Millions of years ago it was formed by soil deposits (layers) under the sea. As the Earth's surface changed and continents shifted Uluru was pushed up and over, so today we see the layers in a vertical way.
A boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is a weapon used for hunting, as well as sport, and entertainment. They are commonly thought of as an Australian icon, and come in various shapes and sizes. Cross boomerang from Cairns area (below)
Aboriginal dance (corroboree) ceremony which may take the form of a sacred ritual or an informal gathering.
More amazing facts about our First Peoples. Click here
Imagine a culture that is over 40,000 years old. No other group of humans has come close to sustaining their traditions and way of life for so long. The Indigenous (aboriginal) people of Australia can rightfully proud of their culture and way of life. Other cultures like the Chinese (5,000 years) and European (Roman) (1,400 years) were very short timewise.
At the time of first European settlement there were over 500 different clan groups or 'nations' around the continent, many with distinctive cultures, beliefs and languages. They all focused on caring for the land and living with its many challenges. Their science, technology, art and culture carefully balanced human needs with care for the land. (See map to the left. Click to enlarge).
Today, Indigenous people make up 2.4 per cent of the total Australian population (about 460,000 out of 22 million people). Learn more about our First Peoples (Aboriginal/Indigenous) culture.
Let's take some time to understand a quick summary of our First Peoples history and their contact with the first Europeans (white).
Uluru is generally considered the spiritual center of the First Peoples. Each tribe/group/clan of first peoples has their own creation stories (dream time). Watch the videos below to learn about different dream time stories.
Dreamtime stories can be interpreted differently. Watch the Mermaid dream time story (below) without any words. Your task is to interpret it, and using your your own words (there is no correct version), type it into a Word document.
Using the skills shown in the video (Word Essentials - below) produce your interpretation with text, images, columns, page color, page border and word art.
- Read and watched all the content in this section.
- Passed the Wally Quiz
- Added a new slide titled: 2 First Peoples to my Cooee Portfolio
- Completed my own version of the Mermaid story using a Word file
- I have hyperlinked or used screenshot to add it to my Topic 2: First Peoples Slide in my Cooee Portfolio