Indigenous Studies – Wyrie Swamp Boomerang Worksheet, Timelines and History Task

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The Wyrie Swamp boomerang

Just a quick share. I taught Year 8 History in South East SA for many years and had the pleasure to work with several members of the Boandik people from the area in delivering a cultural studies program. From the knowledge they brought I developed this task about a local artefact: the Wyrie Swamp Boomerang, the oldest discovered wooden boomerang in Australia (it is around 9000-10000 years old).The original is now stored safely under controlled conditions at the South Australian museum but a replica was carved and is now on view in Mount Gambier.

Information about the Wyrie Swamp boomerang is taken from here.

The intention of this worksheet and timeline task was to make links between the European history we were primarily studying and Indigenous history. It is somewhat humbling to see that this boomerang is older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Hope it is helpful for some:

Wyrie Swamp Boomerang (DOCX)

Printable: Draw a Maneki Neko (Japanese Lucky Cat)

What is it?

A printable fact sheet about Maneki Nekos (Japanese Lucky Cats). Seriously awesome: who doesn’t love Lucky cats?

I collated information from several different websites to create this fact sheet to use in a lesson on Japanese culture.

It includes the instructions on how to draw lucky cats, shamefully stolen from this website: http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/8904/1/1/how-to-draw-lucky-cat,-maneki-neko,-lucky-cat.htm and general (and very basic) about the symbolism of different types of Maneki Neko (derived mostly from http://donaldmoon.tripod.com/neko/index.html).

How it’s used:

As part of the Australian National Curriculum, Year 8’s can cover Shogunate Japan (the Edo period) in History. The Maneki Neko originates in the late Edo period to Meiji period.

The idea is students will either draw their own Maneki Neko or colour in a template, choosing the style and symbols which are important to them; and potentially learning a bit about Japanese culture in the meantime.

Update: I’ve since delivered this task two times. Students seem to really love it!

Download:

2011 401 Draw a Maneki Neko (DOCX)

2011 401 Draw a Maneki Neko (PDF)