The Australian Museums NAIDOC Week 2010 Celebrations were exciting and colourful!!!
Aboriginal rock engraving of an echidna
Photographer: Australian Museum Photography Unit © Australian Museum
NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920's which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Today, NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week and all Australians are encouraged to participate.
Visitors celebrated Indigenous culture and history by purchasing a NAIDOC Week bag and undertaking Aboriginal art activities inspired by the Museum's collections. Over 200 adults and children participated in this year's celebrations at the Australian Museum.
A range of activities were undertaken by visitors including echidna model making, boomerang painting and decorating fans with Indigenous Australian designs. Through the program participants explored Indigenous lifestyles and culture.
Through celebrating NAIDOC Week we are increasing awareness about Indigenous Australian culture and educating our future generations to improve cross cultural communication and understanding.
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