As the annual NAIDOC week comes to an end, a week when Indigenous people all across the country revel in their ancestry and connection to country, BuzzFeed News takes a look at how Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders across the country celebrated their heritage.
NAIDOC stands for “National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.” The committee was originally made up of Aboriginal people who led a protest movement in the 1930s called The Day of Mourning. Their aim was to highlight the staggering inequality between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians
Today NAIDOC has evolved into a week-long cultural celebration with events and festivals taking place around the country.
This year’s theme is "Songlines: the living narrative of our nation". Songlines are ancient spiritual lines that criss-cross the country. They contain maps of land, sea and country, they hold creation stories and connect Aboriginal people to each other.
NAIDOC week events are a chance for Indigenous and non-indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the traditional owners of the land, with celebrations happening in schools, universities and workplaces around the nation.
Here are some of the best photos of NAIDOC celebrations from around the country.
NAIDOC week culminates each year in a national gala ball and award ceremony honouring high-achieving Indigenous people. Every year the dinner is held in a different city, this year it's being held in Darwin. The winners will be announced on Friday night.
Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.
Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.
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