"End of the line" by Aunty Fay Clayton

Exploring Wiradjuri Culture @ Kapooka

About this resource

This interactive resource has been developed for Kapooka Public School and the NSW Department of Education to support learning about Wiradjuri culture. This resource was created to be used in NSW HSIE subjects (geography and history) and help teachers deliver lessons on Aboriginal culture – covering cross-curriculum priorities under Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

It is designed to be used on a computer or tablet with interactive elements to play audio recordings, show and hide features and link to YouTube videos.

Please note: We encourage schools to work with their local Aboriginal Education Officers and other representatives. This resource does not replace local knowledge, merely supports classroom discussion and learning.

It is recommended to use this resource in conjunction with the First People’s Culture with the Murray region of NSW, prepared by PeeKdesigns and Petaurus Education Group Inc. in consulation with the Ngarigo, Wiradjuri, Wamba Wamba/ Wemba Wemba, Bangerang/Pangerang, Mutthi Mutthi, and Barapa Barapa/Perrepa Perrepa people. This resource provides a range of information and activity sheets to help teachers and students within the Murray region of New South Wales learn about Australia’s First Peoples.

What’s included?

  • Protocols – Welcome and acknowledge of Country, appropriate language
  • Wiradjuri people – Wiradjuri Nation (an overview), knowing your cultural history
  • Wiradjuri word walls – interactive ‘word walls’ in English and Wiradjuri language for a variety of animals and people-related words
  • The Dreaming – overview of what ‘Dreaming’ means, links to Wiradjuri Dreaming stories on YouTube and what Dreaming means to some Traditional Owners
  • A dark history – A brief look at the impact of European colonisation, the Stolen Generations and treatment of Aboriginal servicemen after World War 1.
  • Living off the land – evidence of occupation, finding food in the bush and the tools used to harvest food
  • Totem Lore – describing the importance of totems and what they mean
  • Art and storytelling – looking at art as an expression of cultural identity, taking a closer look at some Wiradjuri art by artist and Elder, Uncle David Dunn
  • Reconciliation – understanding what reconciliation is and what it means to Traditional Owners

Stories from Traditional Owners

When learning about Indigenous culture, it is respectful to seek the support of a local Indigenous person who has cultural knowledge to share and pass on.

This is why, throughout this resource, stories and opinions of some Traditional Owners from the local area have been included. Three Wiradjuri women (including two Elders) where interviewed as part of this project. The interviews were conducted at Ashmont Public School on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga, NSW. These women include Aunty Fay Clayton-Moseley, Aunty Louise Niki and Danielle Grey.

Additionally, permission has been granted to include video footage taken by Petaurus Education Group Inc. of an interview with Aunty Fay. This is a very important video that looks at Aunty Fay’s childhood growing up as part of the Stolen Generations.

Top feature image: “End of the line” by Aunty Fay Clayton


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