We are just a little over the first week into and NAIDOC week. Originally named after the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
This year’s theme is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation. Celebrating the ‘Dreamtime’ which is a time described as when the earth, people, and animals were created by ancestral spiritual beings. With the awards ceremony being held in the city of Darwin.
There are many great ways in which you can celebrate NAIDOC week and here are just a few:
Mi’Kaisha Masella kicked it off with her performance at 702 ABC Sydney with her original song ‘Anywhere’. The song discusses the pressures she has faced in her own life and is influenced by her b-racial heritage. You can check out her performance here:
Check out award-winning musician and composer Jessie Lloyd’s ‘The Mission Songs Project’. This ongoing project began in 2015 and is set towards researching and presenting a collection of Indigenous songs that were composed and performed from 1900 to 1999 in Christian Missions and Aboriginal reserves. This beautiful project has had some development with the Archie Roach Foundation.
Tune into 2SER from 1pm this Saturday to check out a feature interview and studio performance from Emily Wurramara. The interview will be followed with recordings by Indigenous Australian artists – so expect to hear Kev Carmody, Jimmy Little, Frank Yamma, Archie Roach, The Warumpi Band, Radical Son, Roger Knox, Emma Donovan, Vic Simms, Ruby Hunter, Dan Sultan, L J Hill, Tiddas and many many others.
Friends of Australian Rock are a group fighting for the preservation of one of Australia’s oldest rock sites. They’re fighting for the conservation of the histories of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Due to harsh climate changes and structural developments. These rock sites contain a rich history and may be completely lost if action is not taken.
You can find out more about what they’re doing here:
Other ways to support and celebrate NAIDOC week:
• Display the National NAIDOC Poster or other Indigenous posters around your classroom or workplace.
• Listen to Indigenous musicians or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
• Study a famous Indigenous Australian.
• Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
• Create your own Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art.
• Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest.
• Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander place names and words.
• Hold a flag raising ceremony.
For more information on national events head to www.naidoc.org.au.