When Cultures Meet


Hut buildingThis program provides opportunities for students to investigate the lifestyle of the traditional Indigenous groups who inhabited the area around Barambah. A discussion about the local area from the vantage point of One Tree Hill and an examination of Indigenous artefacts provide students with an understanding of how the land was used by the traditional people.

Students are able to gain a deep understanding of how Indigenous people lived through participating in a group challenge.  Students are allocated to a group at the start of camp and complete four hands-on activities which allow them to earn health credits for the group.  These activities include using traditional tools and weapons, fire making, identifying and sampling of bush foods, building shelters from traditional materials and making string using traditional methods. Health credits are represented by beads on a group necklace, and the health of the group as a whole is represented by having multiple beads for each of the activities.  At the end of camp students are able to compare how successfully they have lived as a group by comparing their necklaces or health credits. 

Australian Curriculum links


Year 3

The importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area. (ACHASSK062).

Year 4

The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) (ACHASSK083).

Year 6

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since federation (ACHASSK137).


Year 3

The representation of Australia as state and territories and as Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; and major places both natural and human (ACHASSK066).

Year 4

The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (ACHASSK089).

Year 5

The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

OI. 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place throughout all of Australia.

OI. 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have unique belief systems and are spiritually connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways.

OI. 5: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.


Years 3 - 10

OI. 9: Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.

Years 7 -10

01.7 The broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies encompass a diversity of nations across Australia.

Critical and creative thinking

Years 3 and 4

Reflect on, explain and check the processes used to come to conclusions.

Years 5 and 6

Pose questions to clarify and interpret information and probe for causes and consequences.

Years 7 and 8

Assess assumptions in their thinking and invite alternative opinions.

Years 9 and 10

Give reasons to support their thinking and address opposing viewpoints and possible weaknesses in their opinions.

Last reviewed 28 March 2019
Last updated 28 March 2019