NAIDOC Week is held in Australia at the start of July every year. It celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. *NAIDOC is observed by the indigenous and wider Australian community and is a chance to come together and learn more about the original culture of Australia. NAIDOC Week is an important part of Reconciliation with the original owners of the land and a recognition of their contribution to Australia’s diverse culture. There are plenty of events happening around the country at schools, universities, government agencies and public spaces.
NAIDOC Week puts a spotlight on indigenous communities but Reconciliation isn’t just confined to this one week. It is part on an ongoing dialogue and in that spirit, the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art have outstanding traditional and modern indigenous collections on permanent display in both galleries. In the words of the Gallery, they have ‘chosen to put Australian indigenous art at the forefront of the QAG experience’.
The next time you are visiting one of the galleries, or almost any public gallery in Australia, take some time to review their indigenous pieces and learn about the stories and artists behind the work. There will be pieces that intrigue or challenge you and of course, for the foodies amongst us, plenty to delight and an opportunity to learn more about indigenous foods.