Yulunga: Traditional indigenous games

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Published Version.

Edwards, K. (2008). Yulunga: Traditional indigenous games. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. ISBN: 978 1 74013 102 5

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2008 HERDC submission.

© Copyright Australian Sports Commission, 2008


Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games is a selection of games and activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies all around Australia. It provides an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.
Indigenous games and activities have a rich history as some were recorded by explorers, government officials, settlers, scientists and missionaries in the nineteenth century. They have also been passed down through generations by Indigenous Australians.
The games and activities in Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games are:
played in their traditional forms with modern equipment
modified for safety, ease of use or to cater for all ages and abilities
reconstructed from incomplete accounts
It is possible to use the Traditional Indigenous Games as skill games or lead-up games in physical education lessons or in specific sport practice sessions.
Approval was sought from the traditional owners of the games or from a representative Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation. When the games are used as part of a school or sporting program it is recommended that local elders and Indigenous groups are informed of plans and invited to participate in some way.