Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we meet, and pay our respects to the elders of the Wiradjuri people past and present.
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Aboriginal Studies LibGuide
Find links to fantastic resources available to your from Riverina Institute Library Service.
First Australians: Plenty Stories
First Australians: Plenty Stories : explores the histories, culture and identities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through different models of storytelling.
Some of the titles in this series include:
Australian Aboriginal Artists
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Celebrating NAIDOC Week
'The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.
The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.
Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.'
Let's take the Next Steps
IHHP - Yolngu Style
Bran Nue Dae : Bran Nue Dae is a great big happy musical filled with laughter and some tears. It has risen out of Broome in the far north west and the boisterous energy of that fabled town drives the play forward, as Willy and Old Uncle Tadpole flee the city to embark on a journey of personal discovery and outrageious adventures back to their Aboriginal homeland.
The Sapphires : "THE SAPPHIRES is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late 60s when four young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission are discovered and guided by an unlikely manager. The Sapphires grasp the opporturnity of a lifetime when invited to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness and grow as women"--Container.
Redfern Now : Series 1 : Redfern Now is a collaboration of some of Australia's most celebrated writers, actors, directorsPowerful, funny, bittersweet stories exploring extraordinary events in ordinary lives. Six families, unconnected, except that their lives are all changed by a seemingly insignificant incident, an accident or a moment's decision that spirals into a life-changing event. Six stories of contemporary inner city Indigenous life, told by the people who live it." --Container.
Redfern Now : Series 2 : Nestled in the heart of Australia's most glamorous city lies Australia's most infamous suburb. It's an urban slum, Aboriginal icon, centre of black struggle and pride, OR real estate goldmine, depending on your point of view. Redfern Now challenges you to think again. A kaleidoscopic drama that explores this inner city suburb and the people who inhabit it - Trove
Redfern Now : Promise Me : The powerful telemovie entitled Promise Me will explore the impact of a violent crime on two women and the fight for justice that ensues. This powerful, heartbreaking and yet uplifting story has been written by the AACTA award-winning Steven McGregor, and is directed by the ADG award-winning Rachel Perkins - Trove
Kanyini : A listed traditional owner of Uluru and former Indigenous Person of the Year, Bob Randall acts as our guide to "Kanyini", which he describes as the principle of connectedness through caring and responsibility that informs all aspects of Aboriginal life. Bob poignantly explains why his people are now struggling in a modern world and what needs to be done for them to move forward. As Bob explains, "The earth is our Mother. That makes you and me brother and sister."
Babakiueria : A tongue-in-cheek look at white Australian culture from an Aboriginal point of view. Highlights the discrimination experienced by Aborigines.
Art + Soul : a personal journey into the world of Aboriginal Art : Hetti Perkins presents art + soul, a powerful and emotionally engaging television series about contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and the artists who create it.
Bush Mechanics : the series : Off-beat, humourous series which provides anecdotes of life in the bush, and sheds light on Warlpiri life, from gathering bush tucker and living in a humpy, to football and rock an roll. In each episode, the five bush mechanics from the remote community of Yuendumu are presented with a new set of challenges - catching a car thief, getting a nephew out of jail, racing to an outback rock concert, and travelling thousands of miles to gather pearl shells for a rainmaking ceremony
Telling as it is
- What does the word NAIDOC stand for?
- Senator Nova Peris representated Australia in which sport?
- What is the indigenous language of the Riverina?
- Find a title of a book written by Anita Heiss.
- What date was the famous "Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples" given?
- What are the goals of the Closing the Gap program?
- What is the name of the Indigneous player who scored the winning goal for the Matildas in the World Cup match against Brazil?
- Recently a star of the Southern Cross constellation was named "Koiki". Who is it in honour of?