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5 easy ways to embed Indigenous perspectives into Mathematics

Incorporate Indigenous Numeracy Concepts

Explore Indigenous counting systems, such as counting in Anindilyakwa. The Anindilyakwa language has words for numbers up to 20. The Groote Eylandt Language Centre has a great range of resources available, including this fantastic Counting to 10 in Anindilyakwa video

Land & Environment Based Maths

Integrate maths concepts with Indigenous knowledge of the land and environment.

For example, teach measurement through understanding Indigenous perspectives on the use of natural resources, like the size of traditional dwellings or the distance between landmarks.

Maths through Indigenous Art

Use Indigenous art and patterns to teach geometry and symmetry. Analyse artworks like dot painting, which often use shapes and symmetry. Have children create their own inspired geometric art.

Maths & Seasonal Calendars

Develop a maths curriculum that aligns with Indigenous seasonal calendars. Teach students about the changes that occur in seasons and the mathematical concepts associated with traditional activities such as hunting, farming or fishing, which were often based on environmental cues.

Storytelling with Maths

Embedding Aboriginal perspectives into Mathematics

Incorporate Indigenous storytelling into maths’ problems that are culturally relevant and incorporate Indigenous narratives. This can make maths more engaging and relatable for students.

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