Monday, 31 August 2015

JCU's NAIDOC in September 7-11 September 2015 celebrates NAIDOC 2015 from the 7th to the 11th of September as most students are on semester break during July when national NAIDOC week celebrations are held. This year JCU has a link to the national NAIDOC award through the achievements of  Michelle Deshong; a JCU student and graduate who won the NAIDOC Scholar of the Year for her outstanding achievements, including the 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Professional Scholarship.

NAIDOC is an annual celebration held by the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Strait Islander community to celebrate their culture, history and achievements. The wider Australian community also joins in events organised by either the local Indigenous Australian community groups or by other groups.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students and JCU invite everybody to take a moment to enjoy and engage with some events which are at the midpoint of JCU's study period 2. Events will be held on Cairns and Townsville campuses.

For those who can't make it to the celebrations, some recommended items from the Library collection are:

Music DVD:

Murundak: Songs of Freedom 
Call number:
781.5920899915 MUR

Extracts from the promotional website state:

'Murundak - songs of freedom' journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.

Featuring a range of artists from the early pioneers to current artists;  Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby, Dan Sultan, Dave Arden, Emma Donovan, Gapanbulu Yunupingu, Jimmy Little, Joe Geia, Kutcha Edwards, Lou Bennett, Mark Atkins, Peter Rotumah, Rachael Maza Long, Ruby Hunter, Shane Howard, Shellie Morris, Stephen Pigram, and Ursual Yovich.


Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisations
Call number: 704.039915 SCU

An extract from states:

Published to accompany major exhibitions at the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia in 2015, Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation uses objects from the extraordinary collection of the British Museum to celebrate the unique and ongoing relationship that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have to place and country. This groundbreaking new publication also explores the profound impact and legacy of colonialism, the nature of collecting and the changing meaning of objects now in the collection of the British Museum. This richly illustrated book challenges pre-existing ideas about Indigenous Australian culture and highlights its beauty, diversity and vitality.

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