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Embark on an immersive storytelling journey this NAIDOC Week

Budyeri kamaru and welcome to the 2023 NAIDOC Week.

This year, NAIDOC Week runs from Sunday, 2 July to Sunday, 9 July. NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to celebrate and honour the oldest continuing living culture in the world—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples—by connecting with their history, cultures, and achievements.

Each year, a theme is chosen by the National NAIDOC Committee to represent and recognise important issues relevant to the time. The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2023 is 'For Our Elders’, a call to honour and appreciate the wisdom and knowledge of First Nations Elders.

First Nations Elders are respected members of the First Nations communities who have significant knowledge and life experiences. Elders are highly respected for their wisdom, guidance, and leadership. They are the keepers of traditional cultural practices and beliefs. As the National NAIDOC Committee eloquently puts it, “They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones... Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people.”

Storytelling is a method First Nations people have perfected over millennia. Visual arts, dance, verbal retellings, song, body paint, tools and clothing have been used by First Nations Peoples to explain who they are, where they come from, and where they are going. We want to honour these stories by listening to Elders, tapping into their profound wisdom, and supporting their knowledge sharing process.

From Monday, 3 July to Friday, 7 July, we invite you to immerse yourself in a sensory storytelling journey, where sight, smell, and sound will intertwine to facilitate cultural learning.

Watch four Elders from Noongar to Koori and the Kulin nations share their personal stories, contribute to the collective experience of the Connection Tree, and soak up the natural symphony of ambient bush sounds while the refreshing scent of lemon myrtle pervades the building—all designed to honour and celebrate Elders and the essence of Country.

We'll be kicking NAIDOC Week of with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Throughout the week you'll also have the opportunity to learn the art of weaving, and witness the power of songlines.

We’re proud to have partnered with Little Rocket, a First Nations creative agency, to bring you this experience. We hope you enjoy and learn from this immersive yarn—as Little Rocket say, “Stories are who we are.”  

Together, lets honour and appreciate the ancient wisdom and knowledge of First Nations Elders.

  

 

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