Culture Guide: NAIDOC Week Edition
July 7th 2021
Online Film Screening
“This is the story of the hijacking of an Australian icon. The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the Southern Hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it’s been climed, appropriate and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body is deeply spiritual. And just about completely unknown. For a start, the Southern Cross isn’t even a cross – it’s a totem that’s deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.”
WHEN: Friday July 9, 8pm
Book tickets here.
Artist Collective and Shop
“Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative was established in 1987 and continues to survive over thirty years later. Boomalli was founded by Euphemia Bostock, Fiona Foley, Michael Riley (dec.), Tracey Moffatt, Jeffrey Samuels, Bronwyn Bancroft, Avril Quaill, Fern Martens, Arone Meeks and Brenda L. Croft. These ten Artists were striving for recognition from the mainstream art society and their diversity was unparalleled. They challenged preconceptions around urban-based Aboriginal Artists and created a unique space for themselves within the art world.”
Visit the Artist Collective and online gallery here.
Visit the online store here.
“An online community platform of more than 32, 000 members for sharing stories and shining a light on First Nations authors and storytellers. “It began with Merinda starting a Zoom book club to stay in touch with friends while in lockdown. Then it became the Instagram handle @blackfulla_bookclub, which within a week gained more than a thousand followers. Today, it’s become a diverse storytelling community with more than 32,000 members, and the winner of FBi Radio’s SMAC Award for Best Pandemic Pivot.”
Read the rest of Mia Hull’s discussion with the two founders Merinda Dutton and Teela Reid here.
Independent, Indigenous-led Gathering Space
“Knowledge of Wounds is an independent, Indigenous-led gathering space that is co-curated by artist and writer SJ Norman (Koori, “Wiradjuri descent) and writer and scholar Joseph M. Pierce (citizen of Cherokee Nation). Knowledge of Wounds unfolds as a series of readings, meetings, discussions, and performances, and is not limited to any one type of knowledge or mode of expression. It is a ceremony, a gathering space, a fire, a calling to vibrate in good relations across Indigenous time and space, an evolving vessel for the exchange and cultivation of Indigiqueer knowledge, art, action and medicine.”
Find out more here.
“To celebrate National NAIDOC Week, the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation Australia and Better Futures Australia are hosting a free webinar series — Heal Country, Heal Climate. Join this critical dialogue among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore climate change impacts and solutions, from Monday 5 – Friday 9 July.”
Find out more and register for free here.
Family History Research
“Do you want to trace your family history, but don’t know where to start? The State Library of NSW has a wealth of material for people engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research. Tracing Ancestors is a family history research presentation run by Melissa Jackson from the Library’s Indigenous Engagement team. It outlines resources and strategies that may assist you in your research, including: – Techniques for searching the Library’s collections – Discussion of significant collections held at the Library relating to Aboriginal family history” and more.”
WHEN: Tuesday 6th July, 1pm.
Find out more here.
“It’s been described as the antidote to the ‘typical’ documentary. It’s comical, self-aware, and not afraid to launch a rocket into taboo issues. NITV’s newest commission History Bites Back presents a modern take on history that dares to poke fun at the establishment and challenge the status quo of the prevailing historical narrative of Australia.”