The Aborigines of Australia
Cultural Group Overview
Your display will include three sections. In the first section, you will begin by selecting an existing/modern cultural group to study, and providing some historical, social, and environmental information about the group. You will want to ensure that the cultural group you choose is not only a current cultural group, but has a significant amount of researchable information around cultural, economic, social, and religious history.
Cultural Group: In this section, you will describe the cultural group you selected, and provide background information to create a solid foundation for the rest of your digital display. You will also need to provide an image to complement your information.
A. Describe the cultural group you selected and explain their general cultural beliefs and practices.
B. Assess how key historical and cultural events led to the current identity of the selected group. Describe the influence of the events, supporting your assessment with resources.
C. Assess the historical changes in the physical environment of the group. Specifically, where did they live and has this changed, and how did they work and live in the site? Be sure to support your assessment with resources.
D. Make connections between the group’s beliefs, practices, history and the physical environment. How do the characteristics of the group relate to their physical environment?
E. Analyze how the group has modified their environment. For example, have they torn down buildings, paved roads, or built stairs? What purpose(s) did these modifications serve? Be sure to support your description with resources.
Methodology: Now that there is a solid background of the group, you will select a specific artifact or feature to study and discuss the appropriate methodology to do so. You will also need to provide an image to complement your information.
A. Identify the artifact or feature you would like to use to further investigate your cultural group, and explain why you selected the specific artifact or feature.
B. Provide a comprehensive description of the artifact or feature. What does the artifact or feature do, or what is its purpose for the cultural group? Use your resources to describe the size, shape, color, type, weight, etc.
C. Describe the archaeological research methods that have been used in the past to find artifacts and/or features related to your chosen cultural group, providing specific examples. Be sure to support your description with resources.
D. Select a specific appropriate method you would use to acquire your selected artifact or feature, and explain why this method would be appropriate.
E. Describe where the artifact or feature was found. Specifically, was it in a public or private place, and what are the associated ethical considerations of finding it in the specific location?
F. Explain why the artifact or feature was found in the specific place, using research to justify the location. The artifact or feature was in the specific place for a reason; what is it?
G. Explain what other information you would need about the artifact or feature to help you draw informed conclusions about the cultural group, providing specific examples. For example, would you need to look at other artifacts and/or features? The one artifact or feature is a physical sample of the culture, so what other information will you need to create a bigger picture?
H. Explain why it is important to gather more data to form valid, reliable opinions about cultures. What ethical implications are at play for forming opinions based on only one artifact or feature?
I. Connections: In this section, you will make connections between the cultural group and the artifact or feature, explaining how the artifact or feature can provide more insight into the culture of the group. You will also need to provide an image to complement your information.
A. Draw connections between the artifact or feature and the group’s present economic culture. If there are not connections, why not or how could there have been? Consider consumption and distribution in your response. Be sure to support your connections with evidence. [ATH-205-05]
B. Draw connections between the artifact or feature and the group’s present social culture. If there are not connections, why not or how could there have been? Be sure to support your connections with evidence. [ATH-205-05]
C. Draw connections between the artifact or feature and the group’s present religious culture. If there are not connections, why not or how could there have been? Be sure to support your connections with evidence. [ATH-205-05]
D. Explain how your research results might impact the population you researched. Do you think this will be a positive or negative impact and why? [ATH-205-03]