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1.2 Historical significance: Endeavour River, then and now

<p><em>A view of the Endeavour River on the coast of New Holland,</em> by Ignaz Sebastian Klauber, 1795</p>

National Library of Australia, obj-135961675

<p><em>A view of the Endeavour River on the coast of New Holland,</em> by Ignaz Sebastian Klauber, 1795</p>

Watch the Mungurru the Rock Python and Waalumbal Birri video all the way through. Then watch it again, pausing at the points shown in the table, and answer the questions.

Pause at Look for and think about… Your answers
0:24 Look for...
Waalumbaal Birri — the original name for Endeavour River
Think about...
Should we use the original names for places? Explain your answer.
0:30 Look for...
‘How many people has the river seen throughout its life?’
Think about...
What does the land look like from the river’s point of view?
0:53 Look for...
The two things which sustain life
Think about...
How important do you think the river is to the different Aboriginal clans?
1:24 Look for...
The python and the blackbird
Think about...
These two animals are in the creation story. What importance do you think they have to the Waalumbaal Birri clans?
1:50 Look for...
Gabulnda Gathayga — the original name for Connor’s Knob, a mountain in the area
Think about...
What do you think was the significance of Gabulnda Gathayga as a place for the Waalumbaal Birri clans?
3:30 Look for...
The river
Think about...
In what ways does the river support the clans of the Waalumbaal Birri area?
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