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
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
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
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?
Its a pink flower but is it really? I think I talk alot about the idea of everything as/being “created”. I thought I’d try to explain it a bit more. If you’re confused after reading this, tell me, because this is the first time i’ve ever tried to write about this stuff. Well, basically, pretty … Continue reading created? ….what the???
I went to my son’s high school P and C meeting last night. I sat down and the first order of business was an acknowledgement of the traditional owners – first line underneath the date.A simple acknowledgement is not everything, but then its not nothing either. I shared this on facebook this morning and I … Continue reading Doing it right
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
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
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
Thinking further about “The Australia Book” written by Eve Pownall, it might be worth exploring the artwork of Aboriginal artist Tony Albert. Tony originally comes from Cardwell but now lives and works in Brisbane. He is a member of ProppaNOW artist collective. His work shown at Gallery Smith in Melbourne in 2008, is a re-positioning of … Continue reading Australia Book Pt 2