Indigenous Australians – Week 7

As we continue our research on European settlement, we turn our attention to the Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal-Flag

Did you know…

The Aboriginal Flag was designed by Mr Harold Thomas, an elder of the Aranda Community in Central Australia. It was first flown in 1972. The top section of the flag is black and represents the Aboriginal people. The symbol of the sun is in the centre and represents the giver of life. The red at the bottom symbolises the earth.

Task: Choose 4 questions and answer them in full sentences. You may need to do a bit of research!

  • Name a famous Aboriginal person. What are they famous for?
  • What are three reasons why the Aborigines got sick or died when the white Europeans came to Australia?
  • What does it mean to be Aboriginal?
  • How do Aborigines pass on information to one another?
  • What are some pieces of information you know about hunting and gathering?
  • Name some things that could be hunted and some things that could be gathered.
  • What information do you know about Aboriginal shelter?

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28 thoughts on “Indigenous Australians – Week 7

  1. Hi 4H and Mrs Ponzo

    1) Three people that I know that were famous are Monet, Van Gogh and Salvador Dahli. they are famous for the styles of art that they created.

    2) The Europeans kind of had a mini war with the aboriginals and some Europeans and aboriginals got killed.
    Another reason why they died was because their health and what they did.
    They died by a disease called tuberculosis this type of disease that has something to do with your lungs, measles and infuenza.

    3) To be an aboriginal you would be known as a dark skinned person and you would be known as the first Australians.

    4) Aboriginals pass down stories and information by dancing and singing as their understanding.

    5) I know that the boys would mostly hunt. Aboriginals would hunt using weapons an example of one weapon is called the Nulla Nulla. Aboriginals would gather thingsand animals that are really healthy and rich in nutrient. They hunt these animals because they are rich in nutrient.

    6) Aboriginals would hunt kangaroos, yams, ducks and all other healthy animals. And they would gather things such as thick sticks to build shelter.

    7) Aboriginals shelter would of not have been big they would have moved from different shelters so that they can hunt.

    • Hi Thomas,
      Monet, Van Gogh and Salvador Dali were not Aboriginal. Can you find a different person who was.

      Mrs Ponzo

  2. Dear, 4H
    And Mrs Ponzo

    Name a famous Aboriginal person. What are they famous for?

    Cathy Freeman
    A famous Aboriginal person is Cathy Freeman she is the first Aboriginal person to win an Olympic gold medal.

    Albert Namatjira
    Albert Namatjira was the first Indigenous person to become an international artist.

    What information do you know about Aboriginal shelter?

    They are made from straight branches, then covered with leafy branches or sheets of bark. Some could even be made of hay or anything that they could find.

    Name some things that could be hunted and some things that could be gathered.

    They hunt for kangaroos (six types) and even wild emus. They would gather things for there shelter such as leaves, sticks and branches.

    What are three reasons why the Aborigines got sick or died when the white Europeans came to Australia?

    The first reasons is that they could of been killed by the English settlers and the second reason is that they were turned into slaves and they could of died by hard work. The final reason is that they would of not been medicine for them in those days and they would of died.

  3. The Aboriginals use for hunting is spears and Boomerangs and they use Shields.

    The Aboriginals shelter is made out of straight branches and use leafy branches or sheets of bark.

    The Aboriginals paint the body’s then the Aboriginal person well know what are there saying on their body.

    The Aboriginals use their hunting food like ducks wombats and fish.

    Kind Regards
    Mewal

  4. 1) One famous aboriginal is Adam Goodes. He is a famous AFL player because he has won two brownlow medals.

    2) Aboriginals passed down information by songs and dance. They also recorded events by artwork.

    3) The women gather insects and plants and the men hunt animals.

    4) Aboriginal shelter is made of bark and wood

    Regards Ethan

  5. 1 Albert Namatjira was a famous Aboriginal person.
    2 The aboriginals died or got sic because they had a deasies.
    3 To be Aboriginal It means that aboriginals Aboriginality not by skin colour but by relationships.
    4 Aboriginals speak their langue to tell other people information or do hand signs.
    5 Aboriginals use spears to kill food and Aboriginals gather together because it is a tradition.
    6 Fishes, deer’s ,and pigs can be hunted. Things like going in a circle and dancing altogether.
    7 Aboriginals use sticks to bullied houses and other things they need to protect them

    • Hi Nyandeng,
      Are you sure that Aborigines hunted pigs and deers back before the European settlement? Maybe check your research!

      Mrs Ponzo

  6. Name a famous aboriginal person. What are they famous for?
    Cathy Freeman
    She was famous for being the first ever commonwealth games gold medalist.

    How do aboriginals pass information to one another?
    Aboriginals pass information to one another by telling stories and meanings to them.

    What are some pieces of information you know about hunting and gathering?
    Aboriginals use weapons like boomerangs, spears and spearthrowers/woomeras.

    What information do you know about aboriginal shelter?
    They make it out of straight branches,sheets of bark and leafy branches.

  7. Name a famous aboriginal person. What are they famous for?
    Cathy Freeman
    She was famous for being the first ever commonwealth games gold medalist.

    How do aboriginals pass information to one another?
    Aboriginals pass information to one another by telling stories and meanings to them.

    What are some pieces of information you know about hunting and gathering?
    Aboriginals use weapons like boomerangs and spears.

    What information do you know about aboriginal shelter?
    They make it out of straight branches,sheets of bark and leafy branches.

  8. Hi 4H,

    1)One famous person is Cathy Freeman, she is a famous athlete

    2)Aboriginals used sticks, big, dry leaves and tall branches from trees

    3)I know that the aboriginals used spears, daggers(sharp stones)and boomerangs but I don’t no anything about gathering

    4)Aboriginals communicated by using hand gestures and their language

    Regards,

    John 4H

    • Hi John,
      Gathering means to collect. What did the Aborigines collect or gather fir their families and tribes?

      Mrs Ponzo

  9. Hello Everyone,

    1) A famous aboriginal name is Archie Roach. He is a famous aboriginal singer. One of my friends mum’s is his stage manager!

    2) Some aboriginals died from diseases, drinking alcohol because they were not used to it and smallpox!

    4) Some aboriginals tell infer nation by their art and feeling stories to each other and tun everyone passes the story on!

    7) Aboriginals make shelter out of sticks/twigs, leaves and bark.

    I hope you like my facts on Aboriginals!

    From Mary

    • Hi Mary,

      That is very cool that your mum’s friend is the stage manager to Archie Roach! Thank you for your post, I hope you also learnt lots!

      Mrs Ponzo

  10. Hi 4H and Mrs Ponzo,

    1) A famous indigenous person would be Cathy Freeman. She was famous for being a very good runner and she has been in many Olympics Games.

    3) Indigenous people belong in a special community. They were the first people on Australia and soil.

    4) Indigenous culture is shared and passed down from generation to generation by talking to each other.

    5) The Indigenous people hunted Australian animals like Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Koalas, Possums and Bird.

    Regards

    Bianca 🙂

  11. 1) A famous person is Cathy freeman she competed in multiple Olympic Games.
    2) Aboriginal people passed on information by story telling, dancing and art.

    3) The 3 reasons why aboriginal people got sick from theEuropeans is because they weren’t exposed to colds so their immune system was down and they died from
    Smallpox, measles and tuberculosis.
    4)The aboringal shelters were made by tree branches, bark, and sheets.

  12. Hi 4H and Mrs Ponzo,
    One of the famous Aboriginal people is Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Emily was a great aboriginal artist and one of the best but suddenly died aged 86 at the year 1996. I know that aboriginals live in tents and some of them live in wooden houses. Aboriginal people hunt animals such as Wallabies,Kangaroos, and snakes. Aboriginal people communicate and tell information in different ways such as art and words that sound English.
    thanks for reading
    Regards Jericho 4H.

  13. David Uniapon was a writer and inventor.

    The Indigenous people died or got sick when the European people came because the European had guns which they fought with and the also brought diseases with them, They also brought poison and tortured the Indigenous people.

    What does it mean to be aboriginal?
    It means working together and loving each other.
    They were the first Australian people and we should never have taken it.

    They pass information to each other bye passing information to each other.

    Regards

    Shaun =0

  14. hey everyone,

    Cathy Freeman, a track and field athlete, won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. in 2000 after being a silver medallist 4 years earlier. Cathy also owns a couple of world championship 400-metre medals from 1997 and 1999, along with some Commonwealth titles. In 2011 she was named an Australian sport ledge Before.

    British colonisation, there were up to 600 different Indigenous language groups in Australia. Each language group had its own laws, customs and sacred sites that were part of its Dreaming. Sometimes there was contact and sharing between different groups. Groups may have traded or shared different materials including species of plants or shells, or may have come together to share in a bountiful food supply such as Bogong moths. When groups came together, they participated in ceremonies and rituals that allowed them to pass on stories and information. Aboriginal housing mostly consisted of simple shelters made from a framework of straight branches, then covered with leafy branches or sheets of bark.

    from
    taylah

  15. Hi Mrs. Ponzo
    1)To be an Aboriginal it means to do things by your selves and be indigenous people.
    2)Stick and Grass are allowed to be gathered ,chicken is allowed to be hunted.
    3)Aboriginals would dance to pass information .
    4)they died because tthey were fighting and they died

    • Maithili,
      Can you please tell me what type of fighting were the Aboriginal people that caused them to die?

      Mrs Ponzo
      PS- Please check your punctuation.

  16. Dear Classmates and Mrs Ponzo

    Kath Walker
    Her Indigenous name is Oogeroo Noocal
    She is famous for going around the world and fighting for the Australia’s Indigenous people.

    The reason why the Indigenous people died or got sick is because the Europeans brought a disease to Australia.

    Indigenous people used boomerangs to injure kangaroos and other animals.

    From Leanne

  17. Dear 4H and Mrs ponzo
    1) A famous person that i know is an artist is Albert Namatjra.

    2) what does it mean to be aboriginal it means one of the aboriginal or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
    3) what i know about aboriginal shelter is they used rocks to build a little shelter and they drawled pictures in the inside with what they used to draw with.

    4) they hunted for food and they cut down trees and they made boomerangs for weapons.

    By Joelle hope you enjoyed reading my homework.

    • Hi Joelle,

      I sent you an email but I’m not sure whether you read it. It just said that I wanted you to have a look at your comment and check for capital letters, as you have not added any expect in the first sentence. Could you please check this and re post it!

      See you tomorrow
      Mrs Ponzo

  18. Dear Bloggers,
    Hello! I am going to try to answer maybe five (5) answers!

    1) What are three reasons why the Aborigines got sick or died when the white Europeans came to Australia?

    Well, some of the Aboriginals died from diseases because of the Europeans ruling over their land since! Some Aboriginals tried to attack the Europeans, but then they died, the Europeans were too strong.

    2) How do Aborigines pass on information to one another? (What did they believe in? How did they send the messages to each other?)

    They believe in the rainbow snake (It is an ancient snake!) the Aboriginals believe that the rainbow serpent is a girl and they believe that she controls water, rivers, creeks etc. Some Aboriginals are scared of the rainbow serpent because they also believe that she also eats humans! When the rainbow serpent gets angry or disturbed, she floods the Aboriginals place as a punishment to them!

    The aboriginal also believe that everything has a soul. They also believe that their ancestors made the world and they turned themselves into trees, rocks, living things etc.

    3) What information do you know about Aboriginal shelter?

    They made their shelter by bushes, logs that are from trees and even leafy branches! They made camp fires out of logs and some aboriginals also sometimes put campfires on bugs!

    4) What are some pieces of information you know about hunting and gathering?

    All I know about hunting is that they use weapons to catch food eg. Spears are used as weapons to catch animals from a distance or from far away! What Aboriginals gather is that they gather wood, logs even maybe rocks to make their huts, weapons .etc.

    Hope you enjoy reading!
    From,
    -Lina 4H

    • Hi Lina,
      Wow fantastic research! It’s great to see you are researching and blogging on the long weekend. See you tomorrow.

      Mrs Ponzo 🙂

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