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NITV will be keeping you up-to-date with what's happening around the country during NAIDOC Week. Check in throughout the day for the latest news, photos, videos and info.
Ella Archibald-Binge

7 Jul 2016 - 9:37 AM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2016 - 9:37 AM


Last post for the day, before a huge line-up of events tomorrow. 

Briefly, here's another great pic from this morning's launch of a pop-up Indigenous art installation in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall. Read the full article for more details. 

Back in Sydney, NITV journalist Ryan Liddle stopped by the State Library of NSW, which has launched its Indigenous Collecting Strategy in a move to become a central hub of information about the state's Koori community. 

To develop the library's present Indigenous collections, it aims to acquire material created by Indigenous people, who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the life of NSW and its communities.

The library aims to collect a range of materials, such as:

  • books
  • journals
  • newspapers
  • photographs
  • manuscripts
  • maps
  • pictures
  • audio and oral history

Bundjalung artist Bronwyn Bancroft, whose original illustrations from children's book Kangaroo and Crocodile were recently acquired by state libary, says the collection will be vital for future generations:

'All Aboriginal people are story tellers - from the Uncles to the Grannies to anyone that can tell a really good yarn. They're the stories that we should be collecting and they're the ones that we need to knit together... for the past and the future.'

For more information about donating items to the library, click here



Just stumbled across this lovely write-up about Brisbane-based Aboriginal elder Uncle Albert Holt, who grew up at Cherbourg mission after his family was forcibly removed from their home, overcoming adversity to become a respected role model.

Uncle Albert never thought he'd see a cultural celebration like NAIDOC Week in Australia, writes the Queensland College of Teachers.

Growing up, he and his fellow students were told to obey three rules when lining up beside white children:

'We couldn’t talk to them, we couldn’t look at them and the third one was, we had to hang our heads in shame... That’s how we had to feel when we were born – inferior – we had to be inferior.'

Now, the 79-year-old is a prominent elder in the Brisbane community, often sharing his stories with non-Indigenous children in "green, leafy suburbs".

'I think culturally and personally, NAIDOC is great. I never thought I would see anything like this celebration. It is more prominent now, right throughout Australia, where we are all coming together and sharing and caring for each other.'





Yaama! Do you know how to say hello in an Indigenous language

Language has been a big focus throughout this year's NAIDOC celebrations. Yesterday we saw the national anthem sung in Gumbaynggirr, while on Monday the NSW government announced a series of grants to fund language preservation programs across the state.

Personally, as a descendant of the Kamilaroi people of north-west NSW, I'm interested to learn more about the Gamilaraay language. Today, my Aunty informed me there's a great app, Ma Gamilaraay, which has a dictionary of around 2000 Gamilaraay words, complete with pronunciation. 

Upon further investigation, there seem to be a few of these apps floating around - you can find a list, complete with links to the app store, here

The State Library of Queensland has also developed a guide of how to say g'day in an Indigenous language

While we're on the topic of great resources, if you haven't already seen this Indigenous map of Australia, you should make it a priority to take a look during NAIDOC Week. Find out the traditional owners of the land you live on - it'll only take a few minutes! 



Checking in with Nat in the NT now... 

Our lucky NITV News presenter has spent the last few hours travelling around the Top End with Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours.  

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the group took community members on a bush tucker walk before treating the crowd to didgeridoo, spear throwing and basket weaving demonstrations. 

Nat will presenting tonight's NITV News bulletin from the Bagot Community NAIDOC Concert - be sure to tune in at 7.20pm.



Brisbane Broncos star Jharal Yow Yeh swapped the footy field for the basketball court at the Deadly Choices NAIDOC event in Gladstone, Queensland. 



Let's flashback to Monday's NAIDOC in the City event in Sydney's Hyde Park, where League Nation Live's Scott Prince caught up with Meriam woman Gail Mabo, artist and daughter of Eddie Mabo

And another gem from social media, check out these deadly young dancers In Narooma on the south coast of NSW:

For more pics and coverage of this event, check out the Narooma News.  



Of course, NAIDOC isn't the only cultural celebration happening across the country this week. For Muslim Australians, yesterday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival.

Not sure what Eid's all about? Check out this brief explainer from Al Jazeera, or have a read of this insightful article by SBS journalist Will Mumford, Ramadan: A day in the life of a young Australian Muslim.

For Sydney Uni professor Jakelin Troy, now is a time for solidarity between Muslim Australians and the nation's First Peoples - particularly as Pauline Hanson re-enters federal politics. The Ngarigu woman writes:

'...it might be us that Pauline and her kind are once again focused on but mercifully it is not. She has a new target in the Muslim community of Australia... I do feel solidarity with all Muslims who come under the gaze of the racist inhumanity of Hanson and her supporters.'



Time to check in with what's happening up in Murri country.  

From today, a pop-up Indigenous art installation will be on show at Brisbane's Queen Street Mall. The display features traditional Larrakitj ceremony poles created by Arnhem Land artists. 

The installation is one of four to be showcased in major cities around Australia to raise awareness of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). 

Note: NITV's coverage of this event has been supported by Telstra.




Stepping into the fashion world now, Darwin hosted the first NT Aboriginal Fashion Showcase last night, featuring textiles designed by artists from 30 Aboriginal art and women's centres across the Territory. 

With no prior modelling experience, the 30 models (23 female, 7 male) went through a four-week modelling boot camp to prepare for the showcase. The youngest model was 13, the oldest 42. 

NITV News presenter Natalie Ahmat was there to capture all the action.

While we're on the topic, young Gunnai and Waradjuri designer Lyn-Al Young will exhibit her designs at Doncaster's Westfield shopping centre in Melbourne until Sunday. 

By coincidence, I was reading a great article from VICE the other day featuring Lyn-Al and Kalkadunga designer Arkie Barton about how fashion can help us talk about Indigenous culture. Definitely worth a look. 



Good morning! Excited to be bringing you another day of all things NAIDOC. 

Shortly we'll see what's been happening in the Indigenous fashion world, with some photos from last night's NT Aboriginal Fashion Showcase.

But first, here's some events to keep on your radar today:

  • Melbourne's Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square will come alive from 2pm with storytelling by Indigenous actor and singer Maurial Spearim, followed by a performance from hip hop group Yung Warriors

  • Amnesty International has produced the Community is Everything exhibition showcasing personal stories that illustrate the importance of children's connections with family and community - from 6pm in Greenway, ACT. While you're in the area, check out the Ancients Exhibition by Yuin artist Brett Carpenter

  • Activist Ghillar Michael Anderson, a former Australian Black Power leader & co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, joins a panel discussion at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art from 6.30pm

  • Also in Sydney, some of the country's best hip hop artists will take the stage for Klub Koori at Carriageworks from 7pm, headlined by Jimblah, alongside Nooky, Lady Lash and Tasman Keith (get tickets here)

  • Westfield shopping centres are also getting into the NAIDOC spirit, with a range of events across the week. Today, the Penrith centre will have a Corroboree Dance Group at 11am, 1pm and 7pm, while Mt Druitt will see traditional dances by local students from the Ted Noffs Foundation. Finally, there'll be dot painting workshops with Bianca Wilder at Carousel, WA. For more details head to the Westfield website and find your local centre.

See more events here and catch up on yesterday's blog here