An interesting and important book for everyone interested in learning more about Indigenous Australian’s connection to country is ‘Song Spirals ~ Sharing women’s wisdom of country through Songlines’. The book is by the Gay’wu Group of Women (dilly bag women’s group) which is made up of five Yolnu women of north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, and three university associate professors who have helped to record the women’s stories in their own words. This book lets the reader in on the essence of Aboriginal people, told in their own words.
I’m a little late with acknowledging, but this past week has been National Reconciliation Week, the theme for 2020 being – In this together. The theme was announced last year and little did we know how much that phrase would be used this year for a completely different reason.
Even though the actual week has now passed, it’s never too late to continue learning about indigenous culture whenever opportunities arise. The way forward for me is in education because I believe ignorance is the biggest barrier to understanding so I am happy and open to continuing to learn by reading more about a culture we didn’t hear enough about when I was a student.
This week is NAIDOC week in Australia. It’s held each year in July and is a chance to promote and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. and as in other years the goal is to continue moving forward for a better future.