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Indigenous Victorians: Culture

Country kinship identity

This short documentary tells the story of Lucy and Percy Pepper and their children, an Aboriginal family from Gippsland in early twentieth century Victoria, as told by their descendants, family photographs and through official documents of the Victorian government.

The curriculum connections page highlights the links between the History and Civics and Citizenship AusVELS curriculum and the content of this video, as well as information about the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

This video examines the themes of country, kinship and identity through the lives of Lucy and Percy Pepper and their descendants. It explores

  • The meaning of and connection to country;
  • Kinship relationships;
  • Policies and laws that impacted on ties to country and to kinship relationships; and
  • Cultural identity.

This video is based on the book and exhibition Footprints: the journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper. The book is now available as an e-book through Public Record Office Victoria. The Footprints exhibition is currently touring Victoria and can booked through Public Record Office Victoria.