Indigenous Language and Identity: NAIDOC Week 2017

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Natalie Plummer

NAIDOC Week, the first week of July each year, is a time to celebrate and recognise the history and culture of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This year, NAIDOC Week (2 – 9 July 2017) centres around the link between language and identity, with the theme “Our Languages Matter”.

The theme for 2017 encourages Australians to recognise and embrace the use of indigenous language in everyday life, where words and phrases might be as close as a local suburb or street’s place name.

NAIDOC Week celebrates this theme through the arts and here at ClickView we would like to do the same, through video.

See below for our top pick of informative videos centred around Australian indigenous culture. All of these videos and more are available in the new topic, NAIDOC Week 2017, found on the ClickView Exchange. Share with your students and help foster greater understanding and appreciation for NAIDOC Week and what it represents for Australia’s culture and history.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these videos, as well as over 31,000 more, through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them into your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a ClickView demo today.

Light From The Shadows

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Kate K, ClickView

Light From The Shadows is the story of a man who follows his passion of painting for over 30 years and at the age of 68, after refusing to retire, continues to paint and recognise Australia’s history and culture by teaching art in the local community. Watch Light From The Shadows here.

The Life of Neville Bonner

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Martina B, Woodleigh School

The first Aboriginal to enter Parliament, Neville Bonner, has a bright and vibrant history. This video details his life including living on Palm Island and motivations for entering politics. Watch The Life of Neville Bonner here.

Mabo: Life Of An Island Man

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Janice Q, ClickView

This award winning documentary details the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system to have he and his people recognised as the rightful owners of Murray Island in the Torres Strait. Watch Mabo: Life Of An Island Man here.

Conversations With Australian Artists: John Mawurndjul

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Ingrid C, ClickView

This short documentary goes through the works of John Mawurndjul, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists from western Arnhem Land. Mawurndjul does fascinating and brilliant work in the art of rarrk painting, also known as crosshatching. His passion and talent for his art make him an internationally famous figure. Watch Conversations With Australian Artists: John Mawurndjul here.

The Long Walk: 10 Years

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Janice Q, ClickView

This video celebrates and recognises Essendon AFL great Michael Long’s 2004 walk from Melbourne to Canberra to seek an audience with Prime Minister John Howard. Long, fed up with the treatment of indigenous Australians on the field, created a movement that had lasting impacts both on and off the field. Watch The Long Walk: 10 Years here.

Carry The Flag

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Janice Q, ClickView

This is a rich and powerful story of a man whose design for a flag for the Torres Strait created meaning for a people once invisible to mainland Australia. An important act, today the flag allows the people of the Torres Strait to celebrate their culture and history and comes with a great sense of pride. Watch Carry The Flag here.