Series: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Warning: Contains nudity within a historical context. Examines Aboriginal, convict and free women, women's contributions and lives during the gold rush and the impact of the 1890s depression on women.
Covers both World Wars and the Great Depression of the 1930s and their impact on women. Jewish refugees and British immigrants, votes for women and issues important to Aboriginal women.
This programme looks at the many diverse new forms of music and the trail-blazers who paved the way for the new and diverse contemporary Aboriginal sounds. It looks at the early beginnings of choir and Country, to Hip Hop, Funk and Rap. It provides a broad coverage of just how many musicians are part of Australia’s Indigenous musical entourage. It looks at how their stories and music are broadcast to the nation via new technologies such as national radio, MySpace, Facebook, and downloadable MP3 files. Show Less
Aboriginal art is world-renowned when it comes to dot paintings. There is, however, an incredible diversity of Aboriginal art outside of this style. Focusing on materials and practice, this interview-based programme explores the relationship between country, perspectives and context, materials and process, technique, style, and the Aboriginal art industry. We talk with urban and traditional Aboriginal artists from across the country, including Brook Andrew; Bindi Cole; desert artist, Otto; Australian art historian, Dr Susan Lowish; curator, Phillip Batty; and those involved in production on Aboriginal communities. Perfect for senior secondary and TAFE students in the fields of fine art, art history and cultural studies, this production looks at the many methods and mediums used in the production of Aboriginal art. Show Less
Aboriginal art is world-renowned when it comes to dot paintings. There is, however, an incredible diversity of Aboriginal art outside of this style. Focusing on philosophy and culture, this interview-based programme explores what is meant by ‘Aboriginal art’, inspiration and influence, interpretation and symbolism, and meanings and messages. It also investigates the cultural functions of art. We talk with urban and traditional Aboriginal artists from across the country, including Brook Andrew; Bindi Cole; desert artist, Otto; Australian art historian, Dr Susan Lowish; and curator Phillip Batty. Perfect for senior secondary and TAFE students in the fields of fine art, art history and cultural studies, this production digs beneath the surface to explore the rich complexity and cultural significance of Aboriginal art practices. Show Less
This programme covers the personal history of Aunty Beryl Carmichael, focusing particulary onher childhood, schooling and family life; an oral history of the Barkindji and Nygampaa people including changes to their environment and culture; her marriage and career and her efforts to establish a culture camp at Menindee. Show Less
Featuring interviews with prominent Aboriginal figures, this program traces Aboriginal views of history. Drawing on significant dates in Australian history, the program allows Aboriginal people to tell their versions of events that have shaped Australia. Aboriginal people speak openly about cultural dispossession and resistance and give vivid accounts of life on the missions. Show Less
This lively programme examines the rich history of dance in Australia; from Aboriginal dancing to the rise of ballet; from the influence of Robert Helpmann to the major role of today's contemporary dance companies in Australian identity. Australian dance is both fresh and passionate. Different cultures dance to celebrate their land, their myths and their identity. Australia is continually discovering new forms of self-expression through dance, in tune with the spirit of the landscape. Most importantly is that this evolution of dance is uniquely Australian. Show Less
As a dominion of the British Empire, it was inevitable for Australia to be drawn into the First World War. This video explores Australian attitudes towards enlistment during WWI and how these changed over the course of the war and highlights the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers. Student will understand how public opinion affected Australian participation in the war effort. Show Less
Join us on a whirlwind tour of Australia's diverse natural and man-made environments. We kick off with the Great Dividing Range's impact on rainfall and human habitation, and then dive into the Great Barrier Reef, revealing the impact of global warming on this fragile ecosystem. Next we explore the indigenous connection with Kakadu National Park and Uluru, before examining the significance of the Murray-Darling Basin as Australia's food bowl. We conclude with the gradual erosion of the Twelve Apostles and two of Australia's most significant urban environments - Canberra, the nation's capital, and Sydney, the international face of Australia. Show Less
Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. With extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy, Bennelong led his community to survive a clash of cultures, and left a legacy that reverberates through contemporary life. Bennelong is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, artistry and passion of the country’s most outstanding dancers. With its immersive soundscapes and exquisite design, Bennelong will leave you in awe of Australia’s history – and its power to repeat. Teachers are advised to review the work before selecting it for study, as it includes scenes/themes that some viewers may find challenging. Show Less
Around a campfire, on a moonlit night, two Anmatjere Elders, Patsy and Jane Briscoe, sing and re-tell an epic Dreaming story told to them by their father and grandfather. It is a story of two young men who are forced into action when a clan of demon cannibals devour their entire tribe and kidnap the young men’s mother and sister. Alone and outnumbered, the young men defy all odds as they defeat the demons and reclaim their women. This film is spoken entirely in language, and presents the views and stories of Elders in the community. Show Less
In the Aboriginal community of Mt Liebig, about 300 km west of Alice Springs, a group of young women talk about the importance of bush food in their culture and its relationship to good health. In contrast, they associate sickness with 'takeaway shop food' and describe Alice Springs as a 'takeaway town: takeaway food, takeaway grog and takeaway sickness'. The women visit the nearby Irantji waterhole with a group of children to teach them how to find and prepare bush foods- bush bananas, bush berries, witchetty grubs, wild honey, and kangaroo. The foods are not only more healthy but are also integrally linked to their own culture and quality of life. Through their personal experiences, the women of Mt Liebig provide insight into the gentle ebb and flow of their community life and the effect that outside influences have on their existence. Show Less
This programme explores the myth of sport as the great leveller. Students will learn about the importance of sport to Indigenous people and the efforts being made to stop racism and promote healthy lifestyles.
The Dig It team is at it again through the eyes of two young explorers. This program focuses specifically on the Aboriginal occupation of Australia since before the recognised beginning of world history. Other points covered are; early visitors, traders and explorers to Australia, the arrival of the British and their impact on Aboriginal culture, the reasons for British settlement and the effects all this has had on today's Aboriginal Communities. Expert commentary is included from Dr. Mark Harris, Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies and Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne. It is an entertaining and informative program, which provides a wealth of information for students. Show Less
Attracting both international and domestic tourist dollars is the key objective for any tourism-related business. In Australia, as in many other countries, the industry has to consistently innovate and find new ways of meeting new markets. In this program we investigate four emerging tourism markets: adventure tourism, ecotourism, indigenous tourism and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions). Starting with the definition of a number of industry-related terms, this informative program then examines each of these emerging tourism markets and looks at the typical characteristics of tourists likely to seek these experiences. We also explore various ways in which the Australian industry is positioning itself to cater for growing demand in these niche areas. Our presenter takes us to a number of different locations, including the offices of Lonely Planet, and the program features a range of spectacular footage, illustrating the diversity of experiences Australia has to offer. This enthralling program delivers an excellent overview of these four important growth areas in tourism. Show Less
Warning: Contains some nudity. Teacher discretion is advised. "For Love or Money" is a unique, superbly crafted pictorial history of Australian women. It is an investigation and celebration of women's work from white settlement to the present, a story told by Aboriginal and migrant women, convict women and today's women. The film chronicles the cycles of women's gains and losses as they are moved in and out of the workforce according to demands of the time. It reveals how women's unpaid and voluntary work keeps an entire system running smoothly, in peacetime and in war. As wives and mothers, women do the work of loving - the work that is never paid or recognized as real work. The film shows how women's work in the home determines the kinds of jobs they do in the paid workforce - the low-paid, low-status jobs. "For Love or Money" also shows how women have fought and organised for equality and wage justice for over a century. This classic documentary remains relevant today as women continue the unfinished campaigns for equal pay, maternity leave and childcare, and still carry the major responsibility for caring and nurturing. Show Less
How did we get from 300,000 indigenous people in 1788 to over 18 million today? And how did the ethnic mix change along the way? Would the Wozitskis have been allowed in if they had been from Malta or Africa instead of Poland and Czechoslovakia? And how has the indigenous population changed since it reached its nadir in the 1930s? All these questions and more are answered in From Tribes to Boat People. Show Less
This program explores early views on race and the attitudes of both black and white people. Key figures discuss the methods used to assimilate Indigenous people.
Despite the best intentions, Indigenous life span and health expectancies are still significantly lower than the national average. For those aged 65 years or above, access to health services can also provide challenges. Why do these differences exist, and what can we do about them? This excellent program examines the forces that shape health needs and inequities, and the strategy, directions and actions that Australia’s health services employ in an effort to bridge the gap. Featuring experts, patients and practitioners, this is a detailed and timely look at this important health issue. Show Less
In 2003 a group of Year 9 students from a predominantly white, middle class school travel by bus to remote Aboriginal settlements in central Australia. Nearly 40 years ago a group of white and black Australians travelled through outback NSW on the so-called Freedom Ride. Gary Foley tells the story. The programme examines how those bus trips affected the lives of the participants and, in the case of the Freedom Ride, how it served to highlight issues of inequality between white and indigenous Australians. Through these journeys the programme poses important questions: how much have we learned as a society about equal access and opportunity for all our citizens? How much have we learned about tolerance and understanding? 'How Far Have We Come' was nominated for an ATOM (Aust Teachers of Media) award for Best Indigenous Resource, 2004. Show Less
This programme aims to provide an overview of Aboriginal health and provides some reasons why significant differences exist within Australia in terms of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health.
The Australian Curriculum requires Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives to be embedded across all subject areas. This programme is a professional development resource for teachers seeking successful strategies for enhancing the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in their courses. Through case studies of real school successes, expert interviews, and practical tips, this programme inspires teachers to integrate teaching of Aboriginal histories and cultures in all subjects and year levels. It provides strong examples of successful approaches and strategies both at a classroom level and at a whole school level and demystifies perceived challenges about finding and incorporating Aboriginal perspectives. Show Less
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 – but why is this day important? What does the day signify? This Miniclip explores the origins of women’s suffrage throughout Australia’s modern history including the granting of voting rights for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and the first women in parliamentary roles. It also discusses damaging stereotypes for both girls and boys, the presence of gender inequality that still exists today, and how to celebrate the women in your own life. Show Less
Australia is a democratic society. Treating each other equally and giving each other a 'fair' go' are an important part of Australian culture and identity. However, in practice, are Australians really all treated equally? There are many marginalised groups in Australia, such as the indigenous population, migrants and single parents. Do these groups really have equal access to health, education, legal representation and other resources that society has to offer? Who makes decisions about how Australian society is run? This Australian-made, curriculum fit programme examines these important issues, demonstrating that while on the surface Australians appear to have a very fair society and high standards of living; we should not simply accept this on face value. Show Less