Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 The Ngarrindjeri People : Aboriginal People of the River Murray, Lakes and Coorong : An Aboriginal Studies Course for Secondary Students in Years 8-10
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'The Ngarrindjeri People is an Aboriginal studies course which details the history, culture and life experiences of the Aboriginal groups who were the original inhabitants of the areas along the River Murray, Lakes and Coorong.'

'This course is important in that Ngarrindjeri people are now a significant part of the South Australian community. Ngarrindjeri country, chiefly the River Murray and Coorong, is now used extensively for both agricultural and recreational purposes and through this course students will learn to appreciate its historical cultural significance in addition to its value as a natural resource.'

'The Ngarrindjeri People is a part of the 8-12 Aboriginal studies program which has been developed to meet the needs of students, teachers and Aboriginal people.' (Source: page 7)


  • Foreword by Ken Boston, Director-General of Educaton
  • Includes Timeline of Events Affection the Ngarrindjeri People 1789-1990


* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,: South Australia. Education Department , 1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
This My Landi"When the north wind blows", Kunmanara Tur , 1976 single work poetry (p. 8)
Note: Titled as This is My Land
Spiritual Song of the Aboriginei"I am a child of the Dreamtime People", Hyllus Maris , 1988 single work poetry (p. 8)
The Eagle and the Crow, Long Mack , Eve Adam , 1982 single work prose dreaming story

'A long time ago there lived an eagle call Wildu who had two nephews call Wakarla (the crows). Wildu was always telling the Wakarla what they could and could not do, and they did not like it...'

(p. 25)

The following is part of an Adnyamathanaha story, told by Annie Coulthard in Flinders Ranges Dreaming by Dorothy Tunbridge

Includes: What the story teaches and student activities

How Spencer Gulf Was Formed, The Narrunga People , 1990 prose dreaming story
'Spencer Gulf was once a big valley which was filled with a long line of fresh water lagoons. Water birds lived in these lagoons andthey each claimed one as their very own...'
(p. 34)
The Flood and the Bird Men, Kainoo Tjeemairee , 1980 single work prose dreaming story

'In the time long ago called Kardoorair when all the animals were men, a big rain began to fall. It fell for many nights until finally it covered all the country of the Munrinbata people called Darimun...'

(p. 34-35)
Ngurunderi, Aboriginal Aboriginal Ngarrindjeri people , 1990 single work prose
'In the Dreaming of the Ngarrindjeri people, Nugurunderi is the shaper of land, laws, and creatures. He could travel through time and space along rivers and hills...across lakes and seas...His mind and spirit sometimes took human shape and he travelled as a man...'
(p. 50-53)
Note: Includes student activities.
Thukeri : A Ngarrindjeri Dreaming Story, Leila D. Rankine , 1988 single work prose dreaming story

'This is a story about two men who lived on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. They belonged to the Ngarrindjeri people. The two men set off in their bark canoe to go fishing on the lake. They travelled along on the calm, cool waters until they came to their favourite fishing place called Loveday Bay, where they always caught the best and most delicious bream fish. In their language, this fish is called thukeri.'

(p. 56-58)
Note: The Thukeri story...explains what might happen if food is not shared. This story belongs to the Ngarrindjeri people and is still told to children by people such as Leila Rankine.
Dreaming Stories and Children's Safety, Barney Lindsay , 1990 single work prose dreaming story
'One dreaded spirit, the Mulyawonk, (promounced mool-ya-wonk) lives in the water and fear of this spirit kept children in their camps at night and is still feared today.'
(p. 58)
We Forgoti"Yo better not forget the", Anndrina Kartinyeri , 1990 single work poetry (p. 201)
What It Feels Like to Be Blacki"Walking in the sun-light, walking in the shadows,", Leila D. Rankine , 1983 single work poetry (p. 201-202)

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  • Murray River, Pinjarra - North Dandalup - Waroona area, Mandurah - Harvey area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Coorong, Meningie - Coorong area, South East South Australia, South Australia,
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