"Indigenous Australiana" is a site that focuses on the Aboriginal
Adnyamathanha group of the South Australian Flinders Ranges. Through
the use of various media, this site aims to develop a wide variety
of skills and broader knowledge about the Australian Aboriginal
groups for people of all ages. We aim to develop a better understanding
of Australian Aboriginal culture, in particular Adnyamathanha beliefs
and culture, and to counter negative stereotypes. This site focuses
on the Dreaming stories of the Adnyamathanha people as well as their
environment, language, lifestyle, and visual arts. We will also
discuss the subject of reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous
Australians and the eight key issues involved. There is an extensive
activities section for teachers and students of primary and secondary
schooling. It covers language, art, cultural and extended learning
activities such as acrostic, image and word recognition, crosswords
with movable letters, scenes with moveable images, planning camp
sites, analysis of dreaming stories, critical thinking and source
analysis activities, and easy to access galleries of images and
icons so that students can create their own web pages.
site is designed to be used in a variety of ways by teachers and
students. The site allows students to be self-directed or teacher
directed. Work sheets are available in the Activities section and
are divided into levels; primary school and secondary school. Students
may work as individuals in pairs or in groups.
Australian Aborigines is the focus of the site. Teachers can
address the needs of their curriculum where the study and appreciation
of Indigenous Australians or Indigenous people are to be studied.
this site we present a wide variety of primary and secondary sources,
which encourage source analysis skills. The site encourages the
understanding of cultural processes, experiences and meanings. The
site attempts to provide the opportunity for students to become
exposed to other cultures and discusses proposed ideas with others
through the use of the class activities provided.
play an important role in empathy and consequently the understanding
of the culture, values and experiences. Information about the Adnymathanha
group includes images of the landscape, their art and artifacts.
encourages students to participate in reading and writing analysis.
Students are invited to visit the photo gallery and send postcards
and use the gallery of images and icons to create their own web
Bar and Footprints Pathway
The boomerang is the navigation bar and by rolling over the burnt
decorations of the boomerang users may view the topics with their
contain more than one page include feet at the bottom of these pages.
The number of feet indicates the number of pages in this section.
The highlighted foot indicates the page number being viewed. These
feet are also links to the relevant pages.
The educational objectives are to:
· encourage and foster analysis of ideas about the aboriginal culture
· promote interest in other cultures
· utilise the source for teaching and learning in a variety of teaching
and learning areas
· promote indigenous Australian culture to a broad audience who
would otherwise not have access to this information
· raise awareness of the range of issues and concerns of indigenous
Australians and hence society.
About the Site
"Indigenous Australiana" is based on Aboriginal culture and experiences,
we focused on the Adnyamathanha group of the Flinders Ranges to
give a specific overview of one group in detail. We have incorporated
a variety of media to help the students reinforce their knowledge
of Australia and Aborigines. The site is divided into different
sections, as represented on the boomerang navigation bar, they are:
Perspective, the Land, Beliefs, Social Structure, Art, Lifestyle
and Activities. In each section footprints at the bottom of the
page direct the user to the next page of that section and give an
indication to the number of pages in the section.
include South Australian museum exhibitions from the Adnyathanha
group and real landscape, artefacts and art pictures from actual
Aboriginal sites. The Activities section includes work sheets and
curriculum for students, and the recommended educational level eg.
Upper Secondary, Middle or Primary. The Activities also include
interactive word recognition which enable students to learn some
Andymathanha vocabulary which gives them a feel for the culture
and language. An Adnyamathanha woman speaks the words. There are
crosswords and puzzles for the students to test their acquired knowledge
including self marking multiple choice tests, and there is a click-and-drag
interactive Animals of Australia page.
This site was designed by students for students. It is for those
who are interested in other cultures or who would like to know more
about Aborigines in Australia. There are native Australiana images
which can be sent as postcards to your friends and fun activities
to do online. Share your ideas and comments through the message
board. Who are the Indigenous Australians? What are they concerned
Desk is the page you just left. From the information desk you can
view the three different help pages (all aimed at a different audience).
The General Help (this page) gives an outline of each section. The
aim of this summary outline, is to give visitors an idea of what
our site contains and to help them decide which section interests
them the most.
Help is aimed at teachers. It contains teacher worksheets and assignments
as well as ideas on how they can use this site to its full potential
in their lessons. The Student Help points out the areas of interest
for students as well as the places they can go to learn about Indigenous
This section gives an overview of Aborigines in Australia. It covers
who is an Aborigine, what and where the Aboriginal groups are in
relation to geographical Australia and a brief history of Aborigines
in Australia, their origins and later their treatment by the Europeans.
This then brings us to the present day with plans of Reconciliation
and its 8 Key Issues.
Here we learn the basics of the Flinders Ranges, the land of the
Adnyamathanha people. This section covers the nature of the environment
such as its location, land forms, climate, water, vegetation, wildlife
and tourist attractions. We explore the unique bond between the
Aborigines and the land, their sacred sites and the impact of European
The Aboriginal belief system based on the Dreaming plays a crucial
role in their society. In this section we review relationship between
the dreaming and the individual and the land. Dreaming stories are
included to allow students to gain a feel of the nature of their
Through time the indigenous Australians developed a unique form
of art, which has been modified into contemporary Aboriginal Art.
This section covers their traditional, contemporary and rock art.
Indigenous Australians had a complex social structure, which was
intricately connected with other Aboriginal Groups. They had their
own laws, authority, punishment and kinship systems. They had established
trade routines and ceremonies for initiation, funerals and marriages.
Each person in the community had specific roles to perform throughout
their daily life. In this section we also look at an Aboriginal
childhood and the games they developed.
The Aboriginal lifestyle varies greatly to those of other cultures.
In this section we look at their use of Food, Water, Plants, Animals,
Technology, Medicine, Clothing, Shelter, Weapons, Wooden Implements
and Stone Tools.
Images are available of the Iga Warta Tour in the Flinders Ranges,
Adnyamathanha art and artifacts from the Adelaide Museum and images
of the native Flora and Fauna.
Activities are interactive and loads of fun! This section includes
word recognition, class curriculums, individual or group activities,
crosswords, multiple choice tests and click and drag animals. The
sources we used which made the authenticity of this site possible
are cited on the Citations page.
A page that gives a glimpse of the multimedia team that were the
makers of this site.
Here you can create an electronic postcard of the Australiana landscapes
and animals to send to your friends.
Here students are able to leave comments and questions or write
to the team.