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Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies Griffith University would like to acknowledge the important role of the PLC3 cluster schools in generating questions that informed the video content. These Gold Coast educators were curious about how to respectfully embed Kombumerri histories and culture sensitively into the classroom.

Now educators can utilise their professional expertise to embed this knowledge into unit planning relevant to their year level, learning area and school context. Likewise, Griffith University aims to incorporate these perspectives into teaching practices and increase awareness and appreciation of local cultural knowledge and recognise the Kombumerri people’s custodianship of the land on which our Gold Coast campus is located.

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Q#Enquiry Questions related to English

Dreamtime stories and traditional local stories.

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Why were Dreamtime stories and other stories told, important to the Kombumerri people?

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What was the importance of yarning and yarning circles?

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Do Indigenous cultures have rhymes and poems?


Besides oral language, how did the Kombumerri people communicate?

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What were the Indigenous protocols when communicating with different age groups, e.g. Elders and children?

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How are sentences structured in the Yugumbeh language?

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Examples of Indigenous slang.


Yugumbeh names for common words (Yugumbeh dictionary): people names, places names etc.


Did the Kombumerri people have special songs?

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Video titles relevant to English

The video content has been provided by Uncle Graham Dillon, his three grandchildren: Max Dillon, Justine Dillon, and Emerald Brewer; and his two great nieces: Tess Blundell and Madeleine Pugin. All contributors are members of an extended family network and descendants of Andrew and Jenny Graham. The knowledge and stories shared by these contributors have been passed down through generations of families and provide insight into how Country has always been a place of teaching, research and learning for Kombumerri people. While Griffith University and the Department of Education acknowledge that Kombumerri people own the Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property contained in the videos, they understand that versions of the knowledge and stories shared in the videos may vary from that of others within the broader Kombumerri community.

2.The Nerang River Love Story
3.Yarning Circles
6.A Boy’s Coming of Age
13.More Natural Resources
15.The Story of Javreen (Jabreen)
19.The Site of the Marriott
30.Yugambeh Language
40.Respect Elders
42.Protocols for Young and Old
45.The Importance of Dreamtime Stories
46.How the Kombumerri Communicated
47.The Goomp Goomp
48.Songs and the Songman