"NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life."
One thing I love about being a parent is the way it has opened my eyes and my heart to new experiences. I will admit (embarrassingly) that I had very little knowledge of the indigenous people of Australia and their story. I first heard about NAIDOC week while watching NITV with Audrey and thought what a wonderful way for our entire family to learn and embrace the indigenous people of our beautiful country. The past week in our household has been about celebrating the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We spent the week cooking traditional food (minus the grubs), listening to indigenous music, telling dreamtime stories, making our own aboriginal art and reading about the history of our great land.
I must say I was saddened and frustrated at the lack of resources available, I searched every bookstore in our local area to find dreamtime and cooking books only to come home empty handed. Finally I contacted the National Indigenous Television channel and the wonderful (and very knowledgeable) Margaret put me onto some fabulous sites to purchase books, find recipes and learning tools for children. We have loved every minute of our adventure into the history of Australia and we are already planning how to celebrate next year and hopefully go to some of the amazing events.