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Dreaming the Indigenous way
The Wurundjeri people have a deep connection with animals and the land
Healesville Sanctuary lies within the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. Here, students can immerse themselves in a bushland experience where the plants and animals are alive with the spirits of Aboriginal Dreaming.
For years 3-6 insights to the world’s oldest living culture are gained through face painting and animal encounters. Students also participate in the re-telling of a Dreamtime story, designed to capture their imagination in a way that alters perception of their relationship with the natural world.
For years 7-VCE students explore the history of the Wurundjeri people including the significance of Coranderrk. They discover bush food and medicine and learn about the special relationship indigenous people have with the land and its animals. Students head outdoors for part of this program.
Dreaming the Indigenous Way addresses AusVELS levels 5-10 standards. It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities, Communication and Thinking Processes.