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Ron Murray: Indigenous Culture, History and Identity

Session Info:

In his sessions with secondary students, Ron is often asked to speak with students about Aboriginal history, the environment and themes of Australian identity.

Ron is passionate about Indigenous history of South Eastern Australia, and has a wide knowledge of the treatment of Indigenous peoples and the government policies under which they lived. Ron brings together a personal narrative approach drawing on the experiences of his own parents, who both grew up on missions in Victoria and New South Wales, and from his wide reading on Victorian Aboriginal history.

Ron shares Indigenous approaches to knowledge, including oral history transmission, and the Indigenous practice of ‘dadirri’ or deep listening.

He integrates didgeridoo and storytelling into his sessions, as a way to ground students, and to make tangible that the telling of stories is a powerful expression of modern Indigenous culture.

Topics:
  • Indigenous history
  • Australian Identity
  • Indigenous perspectives on the environment
  • Positive stories of Indigenous heroes and contributors
  • Didgeridoo and storytelling

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