NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week, runs from 5 - 12 July in 2015 and is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It gives us an opportunity to recognise the valuable contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
The theme of this year’s National NAIDOC Week celebrations is 'We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate'. It highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. Lots of places in our own local regions, towns or cities have traditional names and dreaming stories and this is a great opportunity to learn more about their history, their meaning and the extraordinary relationship they have to the traditional custodians.
The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians, young and old, to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.
From art exhibitions and morning teas to sports events and fun-filled cultural exhibitions - to find out what's happening near you during NAIDOC week check out the events calendar online.
Bits of Australia has more than 80 products made or inspired by Indigenous artists and companies. In celebration of NAIDOC week, Bits of Australia is partnering with our wonderful supplier Indigiearth and we will give away a free Indigiearth travel kit (RRP $12.00) with all orders over $50 or more during NAIDOC week.
In this blog we also take a look at just a few of the stunning and diverse pieces of artwork by indigenous artists featured on some of our Australian made products.
Judy Napangardi Watson - Alperstein Designs
This striking cotton apron and canvas bag are based on the artwork 'Kurrkara Jukurrpa' by Judy NapangardiWatson. Judy was born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, at the time when many Warlpiri & other Central & Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life. Judy was learnt how to paint from her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongside her at Warlukurlangu artists for several years, mastering her own unique style.
Watson is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Warlpiri artists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which tell a story of the sacredness of place and song in her culture.
Ruth Napaljarri Stewart - Alperstein Designs
Both the products below feature the colourful and enthralling artworkof the Aboriginal artist Ruth NapaljarriStewart from Yuendumu. Ruth resides in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory and is part of the Warlpiri Group. She has been exhibiting artwork since 1986 throughout Australia and around the world. Her work has been featured in the collections of Major Art Institutions in Australia, England, USA, New Zealand, Germany & Scotland.
Gloria Petyarre - Utopia
These vibrant wine bottle coolers and A5 notepad feature artwork by the artist Gloria Petyarre from Central Australia. Gloria is one of the most famous and significant of all female Australian Aboriginal Artists living and working today. She is internationally acclaimed for her 'Bush Medicine Leaf' paintings. Gloria Petyarre was the Utopia artist who originally developed the style and representation of the Bush Medicine Leaf story.
Royalties from all of these products above directly benefit the artist and their community.
The Bush Tucker Range
The BushTucker range is authentic artwork and handmade jewellery from the Central Coast, NSW Australia.
"Bush Tucker" originated from the Central Desert of Australia in the form of a painting by Nampitjimpa (kuminjay). It was transformed with permission into beautiful fabric. Simone Dennis has now designed the beautiful handmade, kiln fired glass range of jewellery using this original exquisite design.
We have an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs covered in designs by these indigenous artists and many more in our vibrant online store.
What are you doing to help celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander history, culture and achievements?