Teacher notes

This resource has been designed to support school and gallery based learning for the exhibition Big Weather.

Learning objectives

  • Analyse and interpret themes, concepts and ideas in artworks by Indigenous Australians and discuss how these are expressed
  • Discuss the spiritual, economic, cultural and aesthetic value of the natural environment for Indigenous Australian people
  • Describe ways that Indigenous people protect and maintain significant landscapes​
  • Identify causes and effects of change in the Australian climate and landscape ​
  • Discuss the impact of these changes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Examine how knowledge of the climate and landscape is represented and shared through art in Indigenous cultures

Links to the Victorian Curriculum

Notes

  1. NGV, ‘Big weather Artwork labels’, 2021, NGV, Victorian Government, <https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/big-weather/>(Used throughout)
  2. Simona Barkus, ‘Anniebell Marrngamarrnga’, in Brenda L. Croft, Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, 2007, p. 114.
  3. Judith Ryan AM, ‘Magical transformations: Yawkyawk and Ngalyod become art’, 11 March 2020, NGV, Victorian Government, < https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/magical-transformations-yawkyawk-and-ngalyod-become-art/>, accessed 6th January 2021.
  4. Luke Taylor, ‘Connections of Spirit: Kuninjku Attachments to Country’ in Jessica Weir Country, Native Title and Ecology, Australian National University, 2012, p.28.
  5. Judith Ryan AM, ‘Magical transformations: Yawkyawk and Ngalyod become art’, 11 March 2020, NGV, Victorian Government, < https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/magical-transformations-yawkyawk-and-ngalyod-become-art/>, accessed 6th January 2021.
  6. Julie Narndal, Donna Nadjamerrek, Connie Nayinggul, Lois Nadjamerrek, Mary Nadjamerrek, June Nadjamerrek, Doreen Nabulwad, Molly Nayilibidj, Andrew Managku, Daniel Nawirridj, Helen Nawirridj, Barbara Galamirnda, Princess Narloman and Emma Ligtermoet, Kunwinjku Seasons, Kunbarlanja (Gunbalanya), 2015, Northern Territory, Australia. CSIRO Land and Water, Darwin NT.
  7. CSIRO, ‘Kunwinjku seasons calendar’, CSIRO, Australian Government, 2020, <https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Land-management/Indigenous/Indigenous-calendars/Kunwinjku>, accessed 6th January 2021.
  8. Chris Farina, Coloring the landscape, Rosalia Films, 2014, < https://vimeo.com/100430955>, accessed 6th January 2021.
  9. Murray Darling Basin Authority, ‘Rivers. Worth it.’ MDBA, Australian Government, <https://www.mdba.gov.au/rivers-worthit> accessed 20th August 2020.
  10. Murray Darling Basin Authority, ‘Climate.’ MDBA, Australian Government <https://www.mdba.gov.au/discover-basin/landscape/climate> accessed 20 Aug. 2020.
  11. Sofie Wainwright, ‘Indigenous protesters march to show their anger over the drying up of the Darling River’ ABC news, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, <https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/indigenous-protesters-protest-over-state-of-darling-river/7526718> accessed 20th August 2020.
  12. The Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Knowledge Group, The Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, <https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/6817/fireplusstrategyplusfinal.pdf> accessed 9th February 2021.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Judith Ryan AM, ‘Barrupu Yunupingu Gurtha (Ancestral fire)’, 20 Dec 2018, NGV, Victorian Government, <https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/barrupu-yunupingu-gurtha-ancestral-fire/>, accessed 16th February 2021.
  15. NGV, ‘From Bark to Neon Artwork labels’, 2018, NGV, Victorian Government, <https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/from-bark-to-neon/>, accessed 16th February 2021
  16. Cultural Studies Review, volume 21 number 2 September 2015, pp. 101–19, © Estelle Barrett 2015, <https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/4316/5069>, accessed 10th February 2020.
  17. United Nations, ‘Sustainable land management’, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, <https://knowledge.unccd.int/topics/sustainable-land-management-slm>, accessed 10th February 2020.
  18. Excerpts from a letter from Dot Peters to Julie Gough, Curator Indigenous Art: 27 April 2004
  19. NGV, Who’s afraid of colour? Artwork labels, 2016, NGV, Victorian Government, https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/whos-afraid-of-colour/, accessed 9th February 2020.
  20. Michael Riley, ‘cloud 2000’, Michael Riley, 2021, <http://www.michaelriley.com.au/cloud-2000/>, accessed 10th February 2020.