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This subject engages with Indigenous creative arts and cultural practices, with an emphasis on relational on country learning to enhance the student experience of Indigenous perspectives of place. There is focus on the significance of continuing, reclaiming and revitalizing Indigenous cultural and artistic practice in the context of ongoing settler colonialism. Students will reflect on their own positionality and develop their capacity to act in a culturally safe manner to engage with Indigenous communities.
Students will attend a 5-day immersive cultural experience working with Indigenous lecturers, tutors and community members, participating in creative practice workshops to build their understanding of Indigenous creative and cultural practices.
The subject will provide opportunities for students to interact meaningfully with each other, and with Indigenous teaching staff and local Indigenous community members. Activities may include identifying, collecting and working with traditional technologies and materials from Country, and performative practices in whole class, small group and one to one activities. Following their immersive cultural experience, students will design a new creative project responding to knowledges shared during the intensive.
This subject may incur costs for transport and materials in addition to tuition fees.
This subject is developed and lead by Indigenous scholarship, pedagogies and knowledges in creative and cultural practices.
The subject is co-taught with First Nations people.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- respond to the diverse Indigenous creative and cultural practices and relationship to place, focused in the south east of Australia;
- explain how Indigenous artists and communities are continuing, reclaiming and revitalising culture through creative practices;
- gather traditional materials from Country following cultural protocols;
- respectfully and responsibly respond to shared knowledges to produce a creative work;
- apply principles of cultural safety when developing and producing creative works;
- analyse own relationship to knowledges, technologies, place, creative and cultural practices shared in the intensive.
Last updated: 15 February 2024