This week is NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) week. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. So to celebrate the Aboriginal women in our community I asked a dear friend of mine and a proud Noongar Woman to share with us a little bit about what NAIDOC and more importantly her culture, means to her. Enjoy x
(Karina and Kristy at NAIDOC celebrations earlier this week)
How much do you walk in your culture? Was one of my recent coversations I had with a friend.
As a strong Yued/Balladong/Noongar woman and who is proud of her culture, and is walking in two worlds (both western and indigenous).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is vibrant and continues to be the oldest culture in the world. My culture I walk in is celebrated nationally each year, which makes my heart skip a beat.
I had decided a while ago that NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for me to create awareness to some and celebrate with others.
Through my experience when I celebrate NAIDOC with others, Im continually meeting many family members that I have not yet met. The second or third cousin who are related through my mothers fathers sisters daughters kids and even meeting the aunty who may not be related to me but still is my aunty (in my culture). NAIDOC can sometimes be seen as a family reunion where I am learning who is in my family tree.
Walking in my culture as an Aboriginal woman, is something I do 100% whether this can be visually seen by others or not. Everyone’s perspective of culture and how it is important to each of us differs but what I love about NAIDOC is the opportunity to share my story and create an awareness that can make a little change in someone’s life. Many times I have experienced the ‘I had no idea’ or ‘I understand now’ when I explain my connection to culture or even when I just talk about Aboriginal people in general and some of the struggles that we experience. I enjoy sharing my culture because awareness is a powerful opportunity.
Ask yourself, how much do you walk in your culture? As it might help you see to beauty in diversity.