An introduction to Paakantyi History & Culture

About this resource

This interactive resource has been developed for Gol Gol Public School and the NSW Department of Education to support learning about Paakantyi 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?

There are three sections to this resource.


  • Welcome and acknowledge of Country
  • Appropriate terms

Paakantyi Culture – People of the River

  • The Paakantyi Nation
  • The Dreaming
  • Totem / Meat
  • Language
  • Paakantyi word walls – animals, plants and people
  • Places of significance
  • Digging up history
  • Mungo Man and Mungo Lady
  • Bush tucker and medicine
  • Tools

Looking to the future

  • European impact
  • Stolen generations
  • Pooncarie Mission
  • What is reconciliation?
  • Passing on knowledge and skills
  • Storytelling through art
  • Working together to preserve culture

Top feature image: Stone artefacts at Lake Mungo (C. Leatham)


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