ACT Schools teaching Aboriginal landcare knowledge

This article this morning announced that all ACT schools with be teaching Ngunnawa landcare knowledge. Wow! What a fantastic initiative. The biggest hurdles I would anticipate would be ensuring that schools are provided with the budget to ensure that Ngunnawa teachers are paid appropriate wages and ensuring that there are enough teachers to be able … Continue reading ACT Schools teaching Aboriginal landcare knowledge

Avatar – watch with one eye closed

29 January – Update – for more analysis, commentary & opinion on the gender/race/colonising politics/themes of the film, go to Sociological Images (Thanks SRP for the link)Update 2 – Another analysis on Avatar on the blog – As The Teaching Drum Turns blog.Just a quick blog to start myself blogging again. Went to see Avatar … Continue reading Avatar – watch with one eye closed

Knowledge & World Views in the Critical Classroom: A journey of on-going inquiry

These notes are to accompany a lecture given on 31st August, 2009 for pre-service education students enrolled in EDB007 Culture Studies: Indigenous Education (mid-semester) at Queensland University of Technology. This post can be conjunction with the slides on slideshare.net/leesawatego So far in this semester, students have explored concepts such as standpoint, epistemologies, the power & … Continue reading Knowledge & World Views in the Critical Classroom: A journey of on-going inquiry

Embedding Indigenous Knowlege – What’s Your Investment?

Picture this scenario. Kids in bed, its quiet and peaceful, nothing’s happening just sitting in front of the telly, my partner and I reading the weekend papers, drinking tea. And there’s a story on the front page of the paper – a football player (or coach) has managed to get himself into trouble (a spear … Continue reading Embedding Indigenous Knowlege – What’s Your Investment?

7 Reasons I like critical theory for Indigenous studies

As a free-range scholar & educator, I tend to go off course a bit occasionally (well – maybe more than occasionally). I’ve recently re-discovered critical theory when preparing a guest lecture for QCA1213 Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices unit at Queensland College of Art – Griffith University. 7 Reasons to Like Critical Theory It challenges accepted … Continue reading 7 Reasons I like critical theory for Indigenous studies

Every Queensland school to teach Indigenous culture

Last month an article was published discussing a new policy to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture into all Queensland schools. The article received some minor coverage and prompted a few comments from readers of the Courier Mail – the comments were for me disappointing but really not surprising. I’d like to contribute some discussionFirstly, the teaching … Continue reading Every Queensland school to teach Indigenous culture

Appropriating Aboriginal Art: To Be or Not To Be

Students will ask “why can’t we use Aboriginal images?” Particularly if they see the work of artists like Richard Bell, who is deliberate in his appropriation of “western” artists like Lichtenstein or Tillers. “If he’s apppropriating, why can’t we*? Well there are a couple of responses you can offer that may assist students to get … Continue reading Appropriating Aboriginal Art: To Be or Not To Be