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Kirrenderri Learning Resources

Kirrenderri Learning Resources

Learners and educators are invited to engage with the Kirrenderri, Heart of the Channel Country exhibition by utilising our learning resources. Suitable for year 7 – 10 students, it aligns with the Australian Curriculum, version 8.4. with version 9.0 aligned reprint coming soon. The Cairns Museum also has a dedicated kids space with colouring in, and creative archeological tasks for the little ones.

View learning resource here.

Educators can adapt the materials into units they already teach by using the curriculum links in each resource as guidance. The learning resources complement a visit to the exhibition but can still be used if a visit is not possible. Embedded links provide access to online content, including sound and video files. 

Additional learning material is highlighted throughout the resources and in the ‘Find out more’ section at the end. First published in 2022 by The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Kirrenderri, Heart of the Channel Country. This project was developed in partnership between The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum, Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation, and researchers from The University of Queensland. 

Education resource authors: Eve Haddow, Kelly Chase, Tracey Hough, Shawnee Gorringe and Mandana Mapar. Specialist advisors: Louise Zarmati (Education), Michael C. Westaway (Archaeology), Kelsey M. Lowe (Archaeology)

The Kirrenderri Education Resource is available for free as a PDF (PDF, 2.8 MB) or purchased as a hardcopy by contacting the Anthropology Museum at

Aerial birds eye view of Mithaka stone arrangement in the desert
Detail of Mithaka stone arrangement, 2021. Photo: L. Mechielsen. An Aboriginal stone arrangement located in the country of the Mithaka Aboriginal people in the desert channels region of far Southwestern Queensland, Australia. A stone lined curvilinear pathway leads into two closed circles, the main structure is surrounded by several circular ‘c’ shaped structures. Stone arrangements in Mithaka country are associated with ceremonies according to author Alice Duncan-Kemp. This site was located by Traditional Owner Josh Gorringe of the Mithaka people together with retired surveyor Ian Andrews in early 2020.

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