• Audience
    Children and families, Early years, Primary school, Secondary school, Tertiary
  • Learning area
    Creative Arts, First Nations, Geography
  • Type
    Teaching resources, Self-led

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Garrigarrang nura means sea country in the language spoken by the Eora people, who have lived in the Sydney basin for thousands of years. Sea country encompasses every part of Australia’s coastline – its ocean, plants and animals, its beaches, land and estuaries, its seasons, weather and sky, and its Salt Water People.

Garrigarrang explores the rich cultures and spiritual traditions of the Salt Water People who call sea country home. Learn how they managed to live sustainably and harmoniously for tens for thousands of years. Hear their stories of first contact with Europeans, and their ongoing struggle to preserve their living cultural identity.

Connect – When choosing an artwork or object, encourage students to look closely at its main features.

Share – Students are encouraged to share and discuss their ideas through meaningful conversation.

Reflect – Through whole group discussion, students can reflect on their findings and experiences.

How to use

Begin by gathering your students in an clear space within the exhibition. Explain and distribute or access the conversation starters in a way that is appropriate for your group. Conclude where you began, giving students the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences.

Time needed: Approximately 3-5 minutes per card.

Click and print

Download and print the conversation starters PDF before you visit the Museum. They can be used as they are or cut up and distributed amongst your group. The cards can be done in any order, and students can work individually or in small groups. No pens or pencils are needed.


Tap and swipe

Tap on an image below and use your mobile device to swipe through the questions and prompts.

Tap and swipe