Long ago, four giant beings arrived in southeast Australia. Three strode out to other parts of the continent, but one crouched in place. His body transformed into a volcano called Budj Bim, and his teeth became the lava the volcano spat out.Told by the Aboriginal Gunditjmara people of south west Victoria
By Colin BarrasFeb. 11, 2020 , 5:40 PM
This article explores the fascinating link between the tale of the Gunditjmara people of the four giants and the rapid formation of the Tower Hill volcano 37,000 years ago, creating the possibility of this story being the oldest story in human history. Supporting evidence of human occupation in the area includes the discovery of an axe head covered in a layer of volcanic ash from that period.
For home educators, a cross curricular approach to education is always the most effective way to learn about something new. Read here for more information. Read a brief version of the original story with indigenous language included in the telling.
By exploring this story with your children, you will be covering science through geology, history through learning about human artefacts buried deep in the ground and their significance, Language Other Than English (LOTE) through exposure to the Gunditjmara story, and gain a better appreciation of how rich the knowledge that has been preserved through the longest continuous culture in the world can be. All this learning can be translated across all stages of the Australian Curriculum to suit the learning needs of the student.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority recognises two distinct needs in the Australian Curriculum:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum of each of the learning areas, can fully participate in the curriculum and can build their self-esteem.
• The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority is designed for all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
“We’re always amazed with … new technologies that prove the brilliance of our ancestors.”Damein Bell, CEO of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
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