Indigenous culture on show for NAIDOC Week

Published Friday, 16th June 2017

Burra Murri Yanada - Many Eels and Full Moon

Ahead of NAIDOC Week 2017 (2 to 9 July), Fairfield City Museum and Gallery will unveil a new exhibition that features works exploring the natural landscape of the Darug nation.

Ngarunga Gurubadu: Stories of River & Water, on exhibit from 24 June to 2 September, explores the rivers and waterways of the Darug nation and its meaning and significance for Aboriginal people.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said focussing this new exhibition around NAIDOC Week was a perfect opportunity to showcase the creative passions and abilities of Indigenous artists in our City.

Council also engaged local schools and provided funding for a variety of NAIDOC Week events that celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage.

Some of the funding will be used to encourage students from Bonnyrigg Public School to learn the Darug language for a performance of the Australian National Anthem, a reflection of the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme, “Our Languages Matter”.

“Council acknowledges that education plays a vital role in ensuring our nation can better recognise the cultural importance of its Indigenous past, present and future, as well as closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians,” Mayor Carbone said.  

“Issues that can have a huge effect on young Indigenous Australians in achieving their best in life, such as bullying and racism, can be addressed at a younger age, when a child’s vision of the world isn’t skewed by prejudice.”

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held Australia-wide each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

An official opening for Ngarunga Gurubadu: Stories of River & Water will be held on Friday 30 June between 5pm and 7pm. It will include a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country.

In celebration of the beginning of Spring and to mark the exhibition close, the free Stories of Rivers & Water: Cycle Tour will run on 2 September at 9.30am.

In partnership with the Western Sydney Cycling Network, visitors are encouraged to meet at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery with their bicycles for morning tea and a talk by renowned artist and Darug descendant Leanne Tobin. This will be followed by a guided ride along the Prospect Creek Corridor Cycleway to experience Warali Wali, artworks and path markers expressing stories of the local Darug people.