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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.

HASS resources respond to the following Enquiry Questions –

Q#Enquiry Questions related to HASS

Indigenous family structures and roles and responsibilities.

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Commemorating special places and talking about their significance in the past and present.

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Aboriginal symbols used in traditional maps and artworks.

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Ways to care for a familiar place – Indigenous perspective on how they care for their special places.

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Commemoration of local Indigenous events.


How the Kombumerri cared for Country.

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Significant totems or symbols recognised by the Kombumerri people.

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Well-known Kombumerri people past and present.

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How did the Kombumerri people dispose of their waste?

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Were weddings and birthdays important to the Kombumerri people and how did this happen? (Celebrations and Corroborees).

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How did Kombumerri people know which foods were in season?

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Sharing stories about the past and present and passing on to the next generation.

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How did the Kombumerri people’s concept of time differ to today?

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What were the traditional laws, protocols and customs of the Kombumerri people?

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What areas/topics are men’s/women’s business?

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Was the Kombumerri clan an extended family of their own people?

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What important roles did members of the Kombumerri people play within their community?

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Compare/contrast: land use/sustainability in the past and present.

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Rules in the community, decision making and managing conflict.

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How did the Kombumerri people respect the environment?

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How did the clans manage their traditional boundaries?

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Where did the Kombumerri people live in this area prior to white settlement?

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Was the Yugumbeh language the main language spoken and which clans used it?

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Were there other dialects of the Yugumbeh language?

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How did the Kombumerri people trade with other clans and what was their main source of currency?

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What were the spirits and gods significant to the Kombumerri people?

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Historical timeline of settlement and events?

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Did any Kombumerri men fight as black diggers in the World Wars?

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Did the Kombumerri people preserve their food and how was it stored?

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Are the local significant cultural sites still used by the Kombumerri people?

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Video titles relevant to HASS

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.

1.How to Tell What is in Season
4.Significant Totems and Symbols
5.Weddings and Birthdays
7.Waste Disposal
8.Kinship and Skin Lore
9.How did Time Differ?
10.Caring for Land
12.Spiritual Wellbeing
14.The Story of Gwondo
15.The Story of Javreen (Jabreen)
16.Family Structures
17.How Decisions are Made
18.Sorry Business
19.The Site of the Marriott
20.Trading and Ceremony
21.Before White Settlement
22.The Timber Industry
23.Black Diggers
24.Preserving Food
28.Managing Boundaries
29.Care for Special Places
30.Yugambeh Language
31.Important Roles
34.Respecting the Environment and Totems
35.Cultural Sites
37.Predicting the Weather
38.Hunting Grounds
42.Protocols for Young and Old
43.Women’s Business
44.Extended Family
46.How the Kombumerri Communicated