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Making Weapons by Robert Watts
This reader reviews the processes involved in making axes, spear tips and knifes. These were used in hunting and as weapons. Stone was the material used for spear tips and cutting instruments. The technique in making a sharp cutting instrument is outlined. These tools were highly effective.
Hunting for Food by Robert Watts
The First Peoples of Australia were amazing hunters. This was from a combination stealth skills, athletic mastery and technologies to capture and hunt animals. This reader discusses the large variety of food sources for the First Peoples. The biodiversity was not threatened by the use of animal and plan ...Show more
Games of the First Peoples by Robert Watts
The First Peoples excel at games and sports. They are masters of many forms of modern games. The original games differed between the tribes and nations of people. Words from the many First People languages are included. Today, Indigenous peoples are well-represented in many elite level sports.
Plant Foods of the First People by Robert Watts
Australia has a broad range of plants that are native to this continent. There are many plants of great economic and medicinal value being used throughout the world. The range of Australian plants suitable for food and medicine is still being rediscovered. This reader explores some of these valuable Aus ...Show more
First People Talk by Robert Watts
The First Peoples were nations of people with special languages, customs and cultures. There were more than 250 known languages. This is an introduction to these languages with many of these words in common usage.
Music and Dance by Robert Watts
First Peoples' cultures used music and dance for many purposes. Some dance and music were sacred and secret. Others were for pure enjoyment. Cross-curriculum priority is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island histories and culture.
Living in the Forest by Robert Watts
The forests of Australia were home to many First Peoples. How they lived in these forests is briefly outlined. The use of the animals and plants is discussed.
Kinship: Family, Mob, Tribe and Nation by Robert Watts
This is a continuing story on the First Australians' extended kinship. It is an explanation and contrast on how we define family and extended relationships. The First People's extended family was essential for survival but through this came a deep and lasting sense of belonging. The First People describ ...Show more
Decorations and Beads by Robert Watts
The First Peoples' cultures were exciting and different. There were many forms and expressions even in beads and decorations. This reader forms an introduction to this art form and its many expressions.
Rivers for Food and Travel by Robert Watts
This readers treats the importance of Australia's waterways. These were pathways along which the First People travelled and found food and shelter. The waterways were mastered for hunting and gathering of food. Travel along these waterways by canoe may have been easier than going acrss the open plains a ...Show more
Coming to Australia by Robert Watts
The First People coming to Australia was a long time ago. The occupation of Australia by the First Peoples stared over 50-60,000 years ago durinmg the last Glacial Period. This story outlines the immense challenges facingf the peoiple who first walked in Australia.
Catching Fish by Robert Watts
The First Peoples use of fish as food is well understood. This reader looks at technologies used to catch fish. The skills and technologies are in principle very similar to modern methods. Many novel traps and techniques were used by the First People across Australia.