Always Was, Always Will Be.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This resource will focus on art, music and language by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Remember

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is diverse. Therefore, if you are only ever highlighting one art form, such as bark painting or dot painting, you are placing limitations on your students' cultural awareness and understanding. We suggest considering the following when planning your lessons:

  • Highlight and focus on a specific artist, time and place.
  • Explore differing viewpoints through a variety of artists, including those who are contemporary and those from the past.
  • Identity the main themes or ideas in the artist's work. How could these concepts connect with your students? Plan for children to respond to these themes and ideas without creating copies of the artist's work.

installation view: Tarnanthi 2019 featuring Djapu by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide;; photo: Saul Steed.

Art

Explore art made by Aboriginal artists in a culturally appropriate way

Baker Boy performing at the Tarnanthi 2019 launch, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Nat Rogers.

Music

Incorporate an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playlist into your lessons

Sally Anne Wurrkidj; photo: Nat Rogers

Language

Learn more about the Indigenous language where you live