Learning from history

Learning from history

How can we learn from history?

Humans used to live in greater harmony with the natural world. For most of our two million year history, innumerable and small human societies figured out how to draw their sustenance from nature and to celebrate this relationship in ritual and story. Many of these societies were indigenous peoples living with respect for the environment on which they depended. There are examples however, of societies that did not live within the boundaries of the environment provided to them and as a result have since been lost. There is much to learn with regards to how to move society forward from both an indigenous perspective and from studying lost civilisations.

Key questions for this area

If you are teaching or studying history, or are looking to add content to your unit, following are some key questions you should be able to answer and/or consider:

  • What lessons can we learn form Indigenous communities, many of whom lived and still live in harmony with the environment?
  • Thinking of the many lost civilisations, what can we learn from their way of life? What led to their destruction or ruin?

If you are interested in finding out more about this topic, check out our resources for inspiration.

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