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Years 5/6 & years 9/10

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Sections in this Resource

Telling the story: Mathinna (2008)

Mathinna is based on the true story of a young Tasmanian Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, who lived in the early 1800s.

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Excerpts from Mathinna

Mathinna shows how movement, imagery, design, music and sound all contribute to present a narrative about social and cultural perceptions.

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Bringing the Story to the stage: the creative process

The creating of Bangarra’s production of Mathinna began with extensive research of historical record, literary and visual interpretations. Most importantly, there was close consultations with several Aboriginal Tasmanian community elders.

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Class Activities years 5/6

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Class Activities years 9/10

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Links & further reading

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Resource developed by Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia with funding and support from the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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