This week is NAIDOC week, celebrating the ‘history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.
There is so much music that I could share in celebration of the traditional custodians of this land, but I’m sticking to just a couple. This first video melds traditional songs from the women of Borroloola in the Northern Territory, with contemporary sounds.
The second is really a promo, but I want to share it because even a glimpse of the latest offering from Bangarra Dance Theatre is enchanting.
Patyegrang tells the story of a friendship between an Aboriginal woman (Patyegarang) and a member of the British navy, Lieutenant William Dawes, in the early years of British colonisation of Australia. It’s an inspiring story, not least because it makes me wonder, if all relations between Australia’s Indigenous people and the British had been as affectionate and respectful, how different our world would look today.
On this blog, which tries to focus on cross-cultural relationships and families, it seems a most appropriate tribute to NAIDOC week, celebrating as it does not only the creativity of music and dance, but a moment in Australia’s often shameful colonial history, when two people, Black and white, connected with each other as equals.
NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee which takes the lead on promoting and organising NAIDOC week, which is held each year in the first full week of July.