Celebrate NAIDOC Week With The Camp Quality Puppets

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate 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.


Join Mel and Dean to chat about some activities you can do this NAIDOC Week.


To learn more, or find out how you can get involved, visit naidoc.org.au.







Transcript:


- Hi, everyone! I'm Mel.


- And I'm Dean, and we're here today to talk about NAIDOC Week.


- Yeah, so today we are coming to you from the lands of the Wurundjeri People people of the Kulin nation.


- We acknowledge and pay our respects to elders, both past, present and future.


- Mmm-hmm. Hey, where are you watching from today? Home? School? Find out the traditional name of the land on which you're located.


- Great idea, Mel.


- So, this week is NAIDOC Week, which is a celebration of the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


- Yeah.


- Hey, Dean?


- Yeah, Mel?


- Let's show everyone some great activities they can do to share in the celebrations.


- Great idea. OK. Make a bright and vibrant artwork celebrating this year's theme: Heal Country. Decorate and colour your picture and hang it up in the classroom for everyone to enjoy.


- Oh! They're colouring sheets and posters on the NAIDOC Week website.


- Yeah, take a look.


- Hey, Dean?


- Yeah?


- Have you ever seen some of the incredible Aboriginal dot paintings?


- Oh, I love them, Mel.


- They're so beautiful.


- Have a look at these ones.


- Aww. Hey there, that looks like a kangaroo print.


- Yeah, that one looks like a campfire.


- Oh, yeah! Find out the traditional name of the land on which you live and the name of the language spoken by First Nations people. Where I am, it's the Woiwurrung language spoken by the Wurundjeri people.


- You can even learn some other words, Mel. Did you know that jarjums means children? And it's used by lots of Aboriginal nations on the East Coast of Australia.


- Oh, wow.


- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples believe we belong to Country and call the natural environment, Mother Earth. We can all help to take care of Mother Earth, Mel.


- That's right. So at school, you might be able to organise a clean-up day.


- Oh, yeah.


- Yeah, and you could find and sort all the rubbish and recycling and put them in the correct bin. And, you know what?


- What?


- Maybe just for fun, you could make sure there is a prize. The Best Rubbish Collector.


- The best way to learn about cultures of the world is to hear from the people who share that culture. Your teachers could invite a local Indigenous elder to speak with you about their culture and the importance of a Welcome to Country.


- Yeah, they could even teach you about traditional ceremonies and so much more. And, Indigenous people have a real connection to performance, so things like dance and singing. So maybe we could learn some traditional songs and dances.


- Aww, I'm sure we could, Mel, but we know who has the best dance moves.


- Me!


- Oh, and I have the best... ♪ Singing voice ♪ ♪ I'm gonna be on The Voice. ♪ Make some bush food. So you might be able to grow a herb garden or plant some indigenous plants in your home, or even around your school. You could talk to your guardians about what's in the pantry, or even what's at the canteen, to help create some bush-food-inspired dishes.


- Aw, Mel?


- Hmm?


- What about a barbecue?


- Ohhh!


- Hmmm!


- A campfire? We could sing those songs.


- Or tell some stories.


- Oh, yes!


- And show off your dance moves.


- Yeah!


- Hey, thanks so much for watching our video everyone and we hope that you celebrate a wonderful NAIDOC Week.


- Yeah.


- And, you know what, Dean?


- What, Mel?


- Argh! All this talk of food has made me so hungry.


- Let's go get some bush tucker.


- Oh, yeah! Great idea.


- I'll race you, ready? 1, 2...


- 3, it's on!


- Awww! Mel!