Yiloga! Tiwi Footy - Stages 1-3 Teacher Notes

This self-guided program provides an opportunity for students to explore an Indigenous cultural event that has been influenced by non-Indigenous culture. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn about the distinct Tiwi community and their traditional culture through items from the Australian Museum’s collections.

Before your visit

Syllabus links

  • IRS1.11 – Identifies the ways in which they communicate, co-operate and care for others.
  • GDS1.9 – Describes the characteristics that make them both similar to others and unique.
  • ALS2.6 – Discusses the relationship between regular physical activity and health.
  • ENS1.6 – Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between environments and people.
  • SSS1.8 – Identifies roles and responsibilities within families, schools, and the local community, and determines ways in which they should interact with others.
  • CCS2.1 – Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences.
  • CUES1 – Communicates some common characteristics that all people share, as well as some of the differences.
  • CUS3.4 – Examines how cultures change through interactions with other cultures and the environment.
Creative Arts
  • VAS1.1 – Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.
  • VAS1.4 – Begins to interpret the meaning of artworks, acknowledging the roles of artist and audience.

Pre-visit activities

To make the most of your visit to the exhibition we recommend that you prepare your students beforehand by:

  • introducing concepts related to Indigenous culture. For example – contemporary Indigenous communities have retained many of their traditional beliefs and customs but have also changed to suit their needs.
  • introducing or revising relevant terminology used in the Yiloga Tiwi Footy student activity sheets including cultural events and celebrations. The students could list cultural events from their community, for example, birthdays, Christmas, Rugby League games, concerts etc.
  • providing a context for the excursion to the Museum including the reasons for visiting the Museum, the tasks to be completed and the expected outcomes.


Please photocopy the following materials for each student:

The following materials should be photocopied for each supervising adult:

At the Australian Museum

On-site activities

The Yiloga Tiwi Footy activities enable students to explore concepts related to the life of the Tiwi Islanders, Indigenous culture and celebrations while surrounded by a rich array of photographs and items from our collections.

Post-visit activities

Three possible post visit activities:

  1. My Place – Students could chose one of the words from the list that they have circled on the student activities. They could describe the differences and similarities between Indigenous culture and their own culture, for example, food. The Tiwi people are eating turtle at their major sporting event whereas non-Indigenous Australians may eat chips or pies. They can present this to the class or as groups.
  2. Communicating – The students can report what was happening in a particular photograph and the question they would ask the person in the picture. These can then be discussed by the class.
  3. Comic Strip – Students could act out their comic strip through role play.

Ms Helen Wheeler , Learning Services Operations Manager
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