Lines of communication - The University of Sydney

Lines of communication

In this section, learn about the connections across Nations and the types of protocols that Aboriginal communities use to get to know one another and work together.


  • Why is it important for people to travel along these tracks?
  • How far did people travel?
  • How did Aboriginal people remember where to travel and how did they pass this knowledge onto their children?
  • Was this knowledge static, in that the route would be the same each year?
  • To learn just about Australia‚Äôs climate, how many years would you need to observe the environment?
  • What is the role of women and men in traditional Aboriginal societies?
  • How was this affected by contact and colonisation?


  • Discuss teaching and knowledge-sharing processes within traditional Aboriginal societies.
  • How did Aboriginal children learn from and within their extended Kinship families?
  • What was the effect of the loss of grandparents, parents and children?
  • What are examples of situations when an individual can be allowed to not fulfil Kinship responsibilities (ie, due to loss of family, connections, law)?

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