NAIDOC Week in Maitland

2016 MAITLAND NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS

  • Celebration of Existence Walk
    Monday 4 July
    9.00am – leaving Maitland Courthouse to Maitland Town Hall
    Flag Raising and official proceedings at Maitland Town Hall, followed by morning tea
    For more information, please contact Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council on Ph: 02 4934 8511
  • NAIDOC Family Fun Day
    Wednesday 6 July
    10.00am – 2.30pm
    Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council, 1A Chelmsford Drive, Metford
    Official opening, stalls, fun activities, jumping castle, rides, community markets, helmet exchange program (see flyer attached), lunch and artefacts display
    For more information, please contact Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council on Ph: 02 4934 8511
  • NAIDOC Night Out
    Thursday 7 July
    6.00pm – 10.00pm
    Noel Unicomb Hall, Corner of Kookaburra Pde and Lawson Ave
    DJ Trevor Simpson, dancing, dinner, prizes, headspace hangout and children’s activities
    For more information, please contact Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council on Ph: 02 4934 8511
  • Maitland United Aboriginal Corporation, Lower Hunter NAIDOC Week Debutante Ball 2016
    Saturday 9 July
    6.00pm – 11.00pm
    Telarah Bowling Club
    Tickets $50.00 per person. Tickets must be purchased by Monday 4 July, and cannot be purchased at the door.
    Buddy Knox Blues Band and buffet dinner
    For more information, please contact Maitland United Aboriginal Corporation – Derrick Vale on Mobile: 0438 812 197

2016 NAIDOC Week Theme - Songlines: The Living Narrative of Our Nation

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our Ancestral Spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures.

Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our Ancestral Spirits as they created the land, animals and Lores. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these Ancestral Spirits who 'sung' the land into life.

These Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups.

Songlines are intricate maps of land, sea and country. They describe travel and trade routes, the location of waterholes and the presence of food. In many cases, Songlines on the earth are mirrored by sky Songlines, which allowed people to navigate vast distances of this nation and its waters.

The extensive network of Songlines can vary in length from a few kilometres to hundreds of kilometres, crossing through traditional Country of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups. For example, the Seven Sisters Songline covers more than half the width of the continent, from deep in the Central Desert out to the West Coast while others connect the Gulf of Carpentaria with the Snowy Mountains near Canberra.

Aboriginal language groups are connected through the sharing of Songlines with each language group responsible for parts of a Songline. Through songs, art, dance and ceremony, Torres Strait Islander people also maintain creation stories which celebrate their connection to land and sea.

Songlines have been passed down for thousands of years and are central to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They are imperative to the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices.

We invite all Australians to learn more about Songlines and explore those which have created the Country in your region. Learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are today using digital technologies and modern mediums to record and celebrate these ancient Songlines or dreaming stories.

Through learning more about Songlines and how they connect people to Country and the Country to people – we celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.” (Official NAIDOC Website http://www.naidoc.org.au/2016-national-naidoc-theme-announced )