NAIDOC Week

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WHAT IS NAIDOC WEEK?   

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  This year due to the health environment it was rescheduled to 8 – 15 November 2020.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself

This year’s theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is - Always Was, Always Will Be.

Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people who have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.  It acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land - the biggest estate on earth - to sustainably provide for their future.

Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming it transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

Further information on NAIDOC is available at https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-week

For NAIDOC week, Council will share a wonderful locally told story called Po-bonk Creates a Flood.  Given the current health environment, this is an opportunity to listen, have a read, share and enjoy this beautifully told book with your family. (click on link below).

Po-bonk Creates a Flood:

http://www.wcclp.com.au/yorta-yorta/

The Pobblebonk Frog is commonly found in this region; the Yorta Yorta name given to him, Po-bonk, was newly created in Yorta Yorta by Aunty Sharon, hence the title name of the story: 

Po-bonk-l Bunyma Bapalwa Po-bonk Creates a Flood.

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 Above Image – Aunty Sharon Atkinson – Yorta Yorta Elder

Acknowledgement Photo: Julie Millowick for FRRR.

 

The art work of Aunty Sharon Atkinson, Yorta Yorta Elder.

This art work, on the right, was the inspiration for the painting of

Po-bonk.

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 Pobblebonk Frog Limnodynastes dumerilii Photo: Peter Robertson

 

If you have any queries in relation to this story / book or would like to purchase a hard copy please contact Lyn Loger at logerel@internode.on.net