NAIDOC Week Curator's Talk

This talk was delivered by Treasures Curator, Nat Williams, as a special presentation for NAIDOC Week 2016. As the talk was delivered in the Treasures Gallery and references specific collection material, we wish to encourage you to follow the links embedded thorughout the text to view the works discussed.

Yakanduna or Warra-uea (Tommy McRae), Aboriginal men carrying weapons in ceremonial dancing, Wahgunyah Region, Victoria, 1881, nla.obj-153002149

This talk was delivered by Treasures Curator, Nat Williams, as a special presentation for NAIDOC Week 2016. As the talk was delivered in the Treasures Gallery and references specific collection material, we encourage you to follow the links to view the works discussed.

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Indigenous language resources at the National Library of Australia

Fragments of an Aboriginal language are still spoken in my home. Instead of baby my family say boori, I had an ever growing galange (cicada shell) collection and my grandparent’s tales of the Doolagah (the hairy man) and the goonges (spirits) both captivated me and ensured I did as I was told ... mostly.

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