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ERIC Number: ED449062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Lesson One: The History of an Australian Hunter-Gatherer Culture. Australian Studies High School Series. History Unit.
Waldron, John
This lesson, one of four stand-alone lessons that examine Australia as an aspect of world history, is designed to teach students about hunter-gatherer societies in the context of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. Tasmania represents a particularly useful site for the study of hunter-gatherer societies because it is geographically isolated, even from mainland Australia; the Tasmanian Aborigines used a simple tool kit, close to original hunter-gatherer lifestyles; and the hunter-gatherer lifestyle persisted in Tasmania until the arrival of Europeans in the 19th century. The lesson has three parts. In part one, students examine the "material culture" of aboriginal society, the collection of artifacts, known as the Tasmanian tool kit, which were used every day for food gathering, hunting, and carrying. In part two, students explore the connection between geography and lifestyle, using a map to locate available resources and to chart the migration patterns of hypothetical hunter-gatherer groups. In part three, students explore Aboriginal beliefs by examining Tasmanian spiritual concepts and then making their own legends, customs, and art in the Aboriginal style. The lesson contains a teacher introduction, three handouts (with a teacher answer key for the first handout), suggested activities for each part, and follow-up activities. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Education Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Australia