This week is NAIDOC Week and while it has been put back from its usual date in July due to COVID, it is still packed with fun things to do.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
NAIDOC therefore is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Every year since 1972 the celebration has had a theme and for 2020 the theme is “Always Was, Always Will be”. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace and acknowledge the true history of this country – a history which dates back an unfathomable time: thousands of generations.
There is lots to see and do this week but the big finale event - the Roebourne Community Concert - is on Saturday November 14th, at the Roebourne High School Oval.
One of the real treats at this year’s NAIDOC is the Djuki Mala dance troupe which is on at REAP on Thursday, but it is also being featured for free as part of the Community Concert on Saturday.
Djuki Mala is an indigenous dance sensation that has taken the world by storm with their internationally acclaimed smash hit production. “It wows audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, with a hefty dose of heart and soul.”
Djuki Mala challenges the western anthropological view of First Nations culture, now recognised as the oldest known civilisation on Earth, dating back roughly 75,000 years.
Pretty incredible and what an opportunity to have this remarkable group of performers here in Karratha this week!
Enjoy NAIDOC 2020.