USQâ€™s bid to preserve traditional Indigenous game
Itâ€™s like noughts and crosses, but played by young hunters in pre-colonial Australia.
Visitors to Toowoombaâ€™s Cobb+Co Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, would be familiar with the floor game Burguu Matya, a traditional Australian Aboriginal activity from the Wiradjuri people.
In a bid to share this important piece of Australian history with more people, Cobb+Co has joined forces with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to bring the game to a digital platform.
Thought to be traditionally played with stones, the game can be likened to a more strategic tic-tac-toe or simplified chess.
USQ has officially handed over a browser-based version of the game developed by the Universityâ€™s Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Helen Partridge said the initiative was a perfect example of USQ contributing to community. â€œUSQ delivers high-quality education and research around the world, but our ties to local community are the backbone of our University,â€ Professor Partridge said.
â€œWe want to share USQâ€™s culture of excellence and innovation in learning and teaching, as well as our expertise in developing exceptional education resources. â€œThis particular collaboration will make a difference to the lives of the many young learners who visit Queensland museums like Cobb+Co.â€
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Cobb+Co Learning Officer Tony Coonan said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture had become a major focus of school visits. â€œOne of our favourite parts of school visits to our Binangar Gallery is when they play Burguu Matya,â€ he said.
â€œBurguu Matya is not only significant because of its connection to our First Peoples, but it also requires strategic and divergent thinking.â€ Mr Coonan said putting the game online allowed for a fantastic follow up when students returned to school or home.
â€œIt allows the game to reach out into the wider community for people of all ages to enjoy,â€ he said. â€œThis will hopefully encourage more people to visit or revisit our Aboriginal Gallery and develop a greater understanding of Indigenous culture.â€
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