Sustaining our World – Adapting

Lesson Intention

Students will investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ ways of living were adapted to the resources of their Country/Place.

Success Criteria

You will know you have been successful when you can:

  • Explain how Indigenous groups across Australia adapted their lifestyles to suit the resources available in their Country/Place.

  • Explore how the Wiradjuri people (riverine plains), the Ngarigo people (alpine highlands), the Kuku Yalanji people (tropical rainforests) and the Arrernte people (desert regions) lived in a sustainable manner.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that some of the content in this lesson may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


  1. Watch the video


2. Answer the following questions on video via Classdojo Portfolios. Make sure you state the question before giving the answer.

  • What were some of the items that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples made from tree bark?
  • What did they do to ensure that the tree would survive?
  • How does this compare with our current practices of timber use?


3. Record your responses in writers notebook, take a photo and send your responses to me. Click the link below for the questions.

Writers Notebook 1

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