Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories hold a fascination across all areas of Australian society, and no more so than for international and domestic tourists.
For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried dreaming stories, songs, languages and knowledge that has kept their culture strong and enriched it as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
They were pioneering women like Barangaroo, Truganini, Gladys Elphick, Fannie Cochrane-Smith, Evelyn Scott, Pearl Gibbs, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Celuia Mapo Salee, Thancoupie, Justine Saunders, Gladys Nicholls, Flo Kennedy, Essie Coffey, Isabel Coe, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Eleanor Harding, Mum Shirl, Ellie Gaffney and Gladys Tybingoompa.
Today, they are trailblazers like Joyce Clague, Yalmay Yunupingu, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Nova Peris, Carol Martin, Elizabeth Morgan, Barbara Shaw, Rose Richards, Vonda Malone, Margaret Valadian, Lowitja O’Donoghue, June Oscar, Pat O’Shane, Pat Anderson Jill Milroy, Banduk Marika, Linda Burney and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks – to name but a few.
NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women continue to play in Australian society today, depicted in the 2018 theme poster that was chosen from a competition that attracted more than 200 entries.
Her artwork - tarmunggie-woman – was judged to have beautifully interpreted this year’s NAIDOC theme – Because of her, we can!
The theme celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.
For a list of NAIDOC Week 2018 events go to: https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/naidoc-week-events