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Knowing where to shop for Survival day

 

Yiradhu marang again!

How are you doing on this 13th day of January 2021?!

Maranginya, I hope! Still such crazy chaos going on around us with COVID-19 – though, we have survived so many obstacles in our 251 years of being invaded, occupied, assimilated and endured many of our own health pandemics (which are still prevalent today), I am quite positive we as ‘Australians’, along with the rest of the world will also get through this as well.

As we know, many people refer to January 26th as ‘Australia Day’, a day which many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people refer to as either Survival Day or Invasion Day, as it was the start of the end for us as a peaceful, thriving race. As the truth of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were treated (in many cases, still are) and, the horrid way ‘Australia’ came about, there is an emergence of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as allies/supporters to and of us.

This led me to want to share with you a few (though not near as many) of my favourite businesses who sell merchandise specifically for allies/supporters, amongst their Indigenous

If you want to be stylin’ up and lookin’ deadly as us blak fullas do, go and check these and other businesses out 😉

Read on and start buying up a storm in preparation to show your support, look close to as flash as us and show your support for Indigenous businesses Invasion/Survival/’Australia’ Day (and every day of the year)!

I, as always support and encourage you in conducting your own research as well – and feel free to share businesses you like and/or want to promote!

Dream Tag

Home page: https://www.dreamtag.com.au/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_dreamtag_/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamtagofficial

Candace is the deadly, creative, ‘getting this done for her girls’ yinna, who is from the Kaurnareg (in the Torres Strait Islands) and Guguu Yimthirr Nations (far North Queensland)  and powerhouse behind Dream Tag. Candace resides in Western Sydney (NSW) currently, and is a full time Ngama to 4 gorgeous jarjums, primary school teacher,  whilst also being the full-time CEO, creative designer, marketing director, merchandise shipping extraordinaire and administration officer at Dream Tag.

 

Dream Tag has a vast array of gorgeous and meaningful prints, created by the talented Candace that not only mob can wear, but are also ally/supporter friendly all day, every day. Everyone from bub to Great Aunt Josie and Uncle Herb can find something to wear – I promise.  Candace loves spending time being creative and experimenting with an array of materials, designs, colours and mediums of art to bring you unique and jammin’ threads – BEWARE: your Aunt Betty is going to want to squeeze those cheeks of yours like when you were younger, as you will look too darn cute! 😉

 

Candace is new on her business journey (it does not show), however is a breeze to communicate with and order from. My order was simple to complete, Candace contacted me immediately, has been friendly, professional and is genuine in dealing with each of her customers. . I have my eyes on other merchandise too.  I cannot wait to start reppin’ Dream Tag’s merchandise when they arrive!

 

Go check out Dream Tag, give her Facebook and Instagram a like and order up a storm!

P.s don’t forget to tag Dream Tag on the socials of you reppin’ your merch!

Clothing the Gap

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clothingthegap/

Facebook: http://www.clothingthegap.com.au/

Homepage: https://clothingthegap.com.au/

 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clothing-the-gap/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/clothingthegap

 

The popular Indigenous business – Clothing the Gap is Aboriginal owned and run, consisting of 8 employees on Wurendjeri nation in Victoria, which aims to not only highlight social, physical health and many other  issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in ‘Australia’. Clothing the Gap is manage

 

 

d by health professionals who, are genuine in their aim to promote not only the importance of health and exercise for our mobs, but to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and doing it all in style and lookin’ as fierce as.  Clothing The Gap and the crew play on the words ‘Closing the Gap’, the ‘Australian’ Government health initiative aiming to decrease the mammoth gap between Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. Clothing The Gap, through their meaningful messages and flashy merchandise have begun uniting our mobs and non-Indigenous people via their causes and the major message of ‘Closing the Gap’.

 

I am forever wearing my tee’s with pride and displaying my values and messages for all to see on me. The tee’s are a fantastic conversation starters and always assist to begin those often uncomfortable conversations.

If you are in Victoria, go on into their store @ 744 Sydney Road, Brunswick and see for yourself the fantastic and funky merchandise… You can even head into Narana Creations – Geelong, Victoria – it is worth it – I guarantee it!

 

Not in Victoria? No worries! You can also buy merchandise from the following places! Open House – Brisbane, Queensland … Tandanya – Adelaide, South Australia … National Centre of Indigenous Excellence -Sydney, New South Wales.

Hurry and get your merchandise before Survival Day – Clothing the Gap are fast selling out and you do not want to miss out on looking deadly as 😉

Deadly Defiance

 

Home page: https://www.deadlydefiance.com/

Email: info@deadlydefiance.com

 

The Deadly Defiance brand provides the impressive and transparent messages for everyone around the globe – Indigenous and non-Indigenous, letting all know that ‘we will no longer be  silent’, we are oppressed in many ways by many opposing forces to our freedoms, that we will wear our messages on our bodies. All Indigenous peoples will stand up for, promote, fight for and demand inclusivity and connectedness. Deadly Defiance aims to challenge the status quo, inspire everyone – Indigenous and non-Indigenous and to spread awareness of the plight of Indigenous peoples in ‘Australia’ and Internationally, inspiring mobs and the wonderful people who are allies/supporters of the Deadly and amazing Indigenous peoples of the globe.

 

 

Deadly Defiance not only has poems, tees, hoodies and hats to show your support, there is also their jewellery range that is not only deadly, and will have you lookin’ flash – they go toward a fantastic cause! ‘Beads for Breakdancing’ – an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jewellery Project, is an edgy and unique program/initiative the Deadly and inspiring Franco, his brothers and sisters have created to allow for free breakdancing lessons for children who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the Cairns (Queensland) region. Franco and his siblings, along with Deadly Defiance, have united with Street Elements Hip Hop Studio to allow the jarjums the epic opportunity to learn how to breakdance – as ALL proceeds of the ‘Beads for Breakdancing’ go toward paying the fees.

 

 

 

Gammin threads

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gamminthreads/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gamminthreads

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/gamminthreads/_created/

 

 

 

The owner of Gammin Threads is the fabulous and proud  Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung & Mutti Mutti Yinaa, Tahnee. Tahnee manages to hold down a full-time job working within the community whilst managing to successfully run Gammin Threads – which is also a full-time job in itself. Gammin Threads is Tahnee’s way of not only utilising and displaying her deadly gifts, it is also a way to assist with lifting up our Sista girls and spreading the message of ‘we are still here’, ‘we are not going anywhere’ ‘show your pride and worth’ whilst also providing nothing but unconditional and continual love for mob who want to show off their pride in their Cultural and Heritage. Gammin Threads also has allies/supporter love with tees such as ‘support Blaktivists’ and ‘protest’ tees. When you are browsing through the merchandise – you place your mouse over the picture and voila! you can see if it is ally merchandise! It is that easy!

 

 

 

I would NGURRBUL to see and be tagged in the pictures of the merchandise you purchase! Just tag me @oursonglines

 

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Always paying my Yindyamarra to Elders past, present and future.

Sovereignty has never and will never be ceded.

Always Was, Always will be Aboriginal Land.

 

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First Nations Christmas

Yaama! What a year 2020 has been for everyone! It has been a year of many uncertainties and quite a worrying time for all. We have the perfect solutions to have you and your loved ones saying “guwayu” (see ya’ later) to 2020 and “Yiradhu marang” (hello) to 2021, whilst feeling deadly at the same time!

Are you feeling stuck as to what to buy your loved ones for Christmas and time is running out? Do your family and friends have everything, leaving you shrugging your shoulders and, scratching your head as to what to get them? Or, do you simply want to treat yourself for surviving this wild ride that has been 2020 with something authentically made by talented, deadly and inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their businesses?

Let us not forget birthdays and anniversaries in the Christmas/holiday period – we all know just how difficult it can be to buy for people when it is the holiday period or, when they  seem to own everything!

Do you want to support deadly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses from your home, with ease and comfort? Is it too hot to go to the shops or you cannot leave the house due to COVID-19?

You do not know where to look, which businesses are authentic or give back to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or how to go about doing so?!

Do not worry, as we at ‘Our Songlines’ have got you covered! So, sit back with a cool drink, put your feet up and let your eager fingers do the talking. We have everything sorted – you are most welcome 😀

Here at ‘Our Songlines’, we want to give some love, shout outs and shine a spotlight upon our mob and their businesses we personally like and have engaged with. COVID-19 has certainly had a significant impact on us all, especially our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

There are hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses around Australia – varying from art to hospitality, fashion, trades, healing and much more (we obviously could not include all of them here). When you are buying from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses and people, you are supporting and giving back to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and families, ensuring profits are going to toward the genuine artists. By buying and supporting  our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, people and buying the beautiful and authentic products, you are assisting toward self-determination and establishing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with intergenerational wealth; and other opportunities which have been systematically and historically denied. When making a purchase regardless of how big or small, you are making an investment to and within our communities futures.

There are so many more deadly, inspiring and deserving businesses and people to be put in our deadly spotlight, however it is not possible to acknowledge all here today. Our Songlines strongly encourages you to do your own research on other deadly and deserving businesses … Keep your eyes peeled on our page throughout the year to learn more!

Soooo, what are you still doing reading this?! Go check out below – you will not be disappointed – I promise you!

Ngurrbul Baadhin Clothing

Home Page: https://ngurrbulbaadhinclothing.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NgurrbulBaadhinClothing/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ngurrbul.baadhin.clothing/

Ngurrbul baadhin means ‘I love Nan’ in the Wiradjuri language (how beautiful!). Tara is a Wiradjuri woman who, is the owner and operator of Ngurrbul Baadhin. Tara’s love for her Nan inspired her to create this impressive business celebrating her pride in her Aboriginal heritage, empowering her fellow Aboriginal peoples whilst publicly acknowledging her gratitude for and to her Nan who raised her up and gave her undying and unconditional love.

I have a few pieces of Tara’s collection and it is amaaaazing, comfortable and the quality is great! Ngurrbul Baadhin has something for everyone from the jarjum’s to your Great Grandma and Grandpa! Ngurrbul Baadhin even has gift certificates to make it easier for you when you are not sure what to choose!

Cooee Café and Catering

Home Page: https://www.cooeecafeandcatering.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cooee-Cafe-794529924054576/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cooeecafe/

 

Cooee Café and Catering is the only Indigenous café  located on the Mornington Peninsula town of Capel Sound, in Victoria. The word cooee is a Dharug word meaning ‘come here’. The Dharug Nation forms a part of the Eora Nation in NSW. Sharon is the the owner of Cooee Café and Catering and has help from her daughter Shayla who, manages the catering side of the business. Sharon spent much of her childhood days in Kalgoorlie WA, being taught by her Grandmother to live off the land, which led to Sharon developing her love and her array of knowledge of cooking with Indigenous ingredients. Sharon believes food is a vital component to making connections – to family, communities and to people regardless of who you are, where you are from or your background.

The food served is authentic Indigenous foods, flavour and dishes (you can also order ‘Aussie food’ if you prefer to stick to regular ol’ Aussie foods – though I highly recommend you give your tastebuds the treat they deserve!) – go on and visit, you know your nose is being tickled by the smell that has been conjured by your tastebuds.

 

Culture Weave

Shop https://www.etsy.com/au/market/culture_weave

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CultureWeave/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cultureweave/?hl=en

Nadine is a Noongar Nyikina woman and is the creator, owner and genius behind the deadly and inspiring Culture Weave business. Nadine is a powerhouse who, was taught to weave by her maternal Grandmother. Nadine is a small business owner and runs the business fulltime whilst being a mother, partner, sister, Aunt and fulfilling many roles within many communities around her. Nadine creates deadly and amazing works of art through her weaving and each creation is filled with love and fantastic energy. I have a few of Nadine’s creations and I constantly get compliments from people on the street! I have also had the privilege of attending 4 of her weaving workshops and each time I have left feeling re-energised and with a deadly creation. This woman has such a beautiful spirit (and patience – lots of patience). When you engage with Nadine, you will get a genuine woman who is passionate about teaching others Indigenous knowledges, weaving and her Culture.  This is the perfect opportunity to book into one of Nadine’s workshops and learn this fulfilling and beautiful art whilst having a great yarn, connecting with others and also making a one of a kind creation by you!

 

Haus of Dizzy

Home Page: https://hausofdizzy.com/

Insta https://www.instagram.com/hausofdizzy/

Fb https://www.facebook.com/hausofdizzy

 

Kristy is a proud Wiradjuri woman, and is the brainchild behind cult fashion label Haus of Dizzy. Kristy grew up in Sydney and is currently living in Melbourne Victoria. Making jewellery is a passion of 20+ years and resulted in Haus of Dizzy, selling her deadly and unique creations at local markets and local Sydney stores.

When you visit Haus of Dizzy, you become overwhelmed with the gorgeous range of handmade jewellery and accessories;  Earrings, necklaces, pins, charm bracelets, hair accessories, personalised pieces, wall art and jewellery stands. Each piece is created, made and assembled in the Haus of Dizzy studio in Fitzroy Melbourne. Each creation provides a statement, which is bold and bright and has been described as ‘conversation pieces’. Many pieces are designed for and feature social, cultural and political messages which bring into focus issues which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to give her customers empowerment and the ability to make a statement without using words.

Having connections via her daughter Ziggy Lee, Kristy has an extensive connection and reach within the Australian and American music industries. Kristy has collaborated the likes of Baker Boy, the Merindas and Ms. Lauryn Hill (you and I both know we want to be wearing what Baker boy and Ms. Lauryn Hill are!).

Haus of Dizzy has strong community ties and is strongly committed in providing social and political action – having collaborated with non for profit organisations including; AYCC (Stop Adani Movement), SEED MOB (Water is life), Sydney Mardi Gras, Djirra, Naidoc and the YWCA to help raise money and awareness for these important issues.

One Mob Apparel

FB: https://www.facebook.com/onemobapparel/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onemobclothing/?hl=en

One Mob Apparel is owned and managed by a proud Dulguburra Yidinji man in Townsville Queensland. He aims to inspire and empower all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, whilst enabling each individual to be styling up in comfort; whether it be playing a sport, going to the gym, doing those endless and boring adult things or hanging at home and wanting to look deadly as. One Mob Apparel also does commissions and team jerseys and designs.

 

Indigi Earth

Home Page: https://indigiearth.com.au/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indigiearth/?hl=en

Indigi Earth is a multiple award winning café and retail business in Mudgee NSW, owned by Sharon, a Gulargambone Ngemba Weilwan  Woman from NSW and her children. It is worth noting; Sharon is a well-known and accomplished Aboriginal performer, having led many Aboriginal dance groups nationally and internationally. Sharon has led multiple workshops and corporate catering throughout many years and finally decided to create Indigi Earth in 2012. Indigi Earth offer a vast array of products and services inclusive of Indigenous foods and a skin care range.

Today, Indigi Earth offers over two hundred products including native foods, candles, diffusers and the new all-natural Skin Care range. Where possible, Indi Earth harvests as much wild produce where possible from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Which in turn provides employment, income and education to be kept within communities. You can also find delicious recipes which have all Indigenous ingredients. How good is that!? I always pretend I am a deadly Aboriginal chef and cook up these yummy recipes!

 

The Dream Factory

Website: https://www.depop.com/thedreamfactory/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedreamfactoryearrings/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedreamfactoryearrings/

 

Tayha Duggan-Hill is a 19  ear old Warrumungu Wagiman Nykinya woman, born in Cairns Queensland and spent time living in Darwin in the NT. Tayha now resides in Melbourne Victoria and uses her authentic hand-painted and unique artworks to tell her stories and uses her family as one of her biggest influences. Tayha also uses her artwork as a way of expressing what she is thinking and feeling, as well as a form of education. Tayha wants to be a role model for her family, her communities and for the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as enabling her to be expressive and creative. Tayha hopes by creating her beautiful creations she will inspire, empower and promote exposure for our culture. When Tayha sees her designs being worn; it is a majestical moment for her, which fills her with happiness and pride. Currently, Tayha is undertaking a course designed to further enhance her current deadly art, talent and skills and enables for further assistance in learning how to work and create with new materials. I personally own a pair of The Dream Factory earrings and I am more than satisfied – I have to hide my earrings as my nieces and goddaughters are always wanting to wear them and conveniently ‘forgetting to give them back’ aka take them home with them and never give them back!

 

Wunyan

Home Page: https://wunyun.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wunyun.indigenoushealing

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wunyun_official/

Wunyan is operated on the  Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Peoples of the Kulin Nations by Peta, who has Aboriginal and Indian ancestry. Wunyun is passionate about reviving and practicing traditional ways via plant medicines, teaching and passing knowledge and cultural practices through facilitating workshops, healing ceremonies, and healing one-on-one sessions.

 

Kakadu tiny Tots

Home Page: http://www.kakadutinytots.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kakadutinytots

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kakadu_tiny_tots/

Sheril, a Murrumburr and senior Traditional Kakadu National Park owner and Dale, a Bininj Man, are the two designers behind the unique and striking Indigenous clothing line Kakadu Tiny Tots.   Sheril’s daughter Kylie-Lee has been attributed to the realisation of Sheril’s dream in creating Kakadu Tiny Tots.

Both Sheril and Dale contribute their respective upbringings and experiences for the successful, diverse and absolutely gorgeous designs. Not only will your tiny tot be stylin’ up and accessorisin’– you can too! There is also gift packs and pamper packs for you (okay, okay, you might need to buy for others occasionally)! There is food and bush candles (oooo candles), mats and so many other things. You need to check it all out for yourself!

 

Clothing the Gap

Home Page: https://clothingthegap.com.au/

Fb https://www.facebook.com/clothesthegap

Insta https://www.instagram.com/clothingthegap/

 

Clothing The Gap is a socially led business, which is based in Victoria and led by Indigenous people who are health professionals wanting to celebrate Aboriginal cultures through their clothing. Each design is created with meaning and works to encourage people to wear their tees (they have other cool as products too)and spread the messages of empowerment for Aboriginal mob. Clothing the Gap, which is a play on the health initiative “Close the Gap” – an Australian Government led health initiative assisting to lessen the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal Australian. Clothing the Gap produce merchandise with a meaning and encourage people to wear their values on their body.

Clothing The Gap is a play on the words “Closing the Gap”, which is an Australian Government health initiative to help close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous Australians. The merchandise also assist in creating connections and influence social change whilst promoting equity and assisting to educate and elevate the voices, cause and issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Another bonus is Clothing the Gap is a member of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria and  Supply Nation, holding an Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation! How deadly is that!?

I am forever getting compliments on my tees and each are a great conversation starter!

 

Paperbark Prints

Home Page: https://paperbarkprints.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paperbarkprints

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paperbark.prints/

 

Dana is the woman behind Paperbark Prints and is a Whadjuk, Nyikina, Minang, Ballardong woman from WA. Dana created Paperbark Prints to create and inspire joy, connection, culture and education. Each print has an individual story all of its own, which Dana hopes will allow connection between everyone and encourage non-Indigenous people, for every occasion bringing loved ones together, to learn and be educated about our beautiful cultures. Paperbark Prints products are even better in real life, making you want to frame and hang them on the walls whilst also wanting to send the prints to everyone you know. Gon on, support this inspiring woman and have deadly prints on your walls, doors and maybe even sent them to you Mum too!

 

Milan Dhiiyaan

Webpage:  https://www.milandhiiyaan.com/connect

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Milandhiiyaan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milandhiiyaan/

 

Milan Dhiiyaan, which means “One Family or One Mob” is an Aboriginal owned and operated business which is a certified Supply Nation business.

Milan Dhiiyaan has a volume of services, experiences and knowledge. Milan Dhiiyaan provide cultural immersion and knowledge experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are exceptionally inclusive of Non-Indigenous people of the community, and always encourage inclusivity to grow and learn with and from Milan Dhiiyaan

Nyimirr (Fleur Magick Dennis) is a Wiradjuri/Wailwaan song woman and senior cultural educator who, runs Milan Dhiiyaan with her Wailwaan/Yuin songman husband – a senior cultural educator Millmullian (Laurance Magick Dennis). Together Nyimirr and Millmullian work within their own communities as well as travelling to other communities within Australia to run authentic workshops healing, teaching and spreading knowledge with everyone. Both Nyimirr and Millmullian are deadly and talented artists who create and design using traditional knowledges. Each creation is individualistic, traditional, unique, authentic and genuine tools, artworks which both hope create greater opportunities to better understandings of ourselves, each other and our earth.

Milan Dhiiyaan involves Aboriginal community members; Elders, their own children, extended family and many other adults and children in teaching and create opportunities to showcase the deadly talents of those around them. Milan Dhiiyaan work and engage with a wide range of organisations who seek Aboriginal cultural services from us.  Nyimirr and Millmullian have extensive experience working with schools, government and non-government organisations and community groups as individuals and as a part of Milan Dhiiyaan. Hearing and seeing Milan Dhiiyaan perform ceremony, dance  and speak in Wailwaan, Wiradjuri & Gamilaraay is an experience that every person MUST experience more than once. I still get goose bumps just reliving the memories of watching and being lucky enough to experience, be a part of ceremonies, and witness knowledge and the profound experiences participants gain. I have had the privilege and honour to be healed by Nyimirr, spend time with her and taught by her in multiple capacities. Each interaction I have had with Nyimirr, Millmullian, their children, community members and extended family – I have come away feeling renewed, rejuvenated and feeling blessed. I could tell you more, however there is so much to Milan Milan Dhiiyaan and so I encourage you to check them out, interact. You will not be sorry.

Revolution ware

https://www.therevolutionware.com/

https://www.instagram.com/revolutionware/

https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionWare

 

Revolution Ware is an Indigenous family business who are made up of Tabitha, a Gunditjmara who is a Storyteller, Poet and Freelance Writer (and Mother – keeping the whole mob in line), Dylan, a Ngarrindjeri Boandik Gunditjmara Maori  Gunditjmara Man, who is the co-ordinator and creative IT behind Revolution Ware. Eamon, a Ngarrindjeri Boandik Gunditjmara Maori  Gunditjmara Man, who is always adding to the ever growing business with content and products, Mabel a Ngarrindjeri Boandik Gunditjmara Maori young girl, who not only contributes to Revolution Ware’s content – is the owner and Co-ordinator of Undercover Kindness (https://www.facebook.com/UndercoverKindnesshttps://www.instagram.com/undercover_kindness1/) and we cannot forget Sir Cadbury – the gorgeous best canine friend of Mabel’s. Cadbury is the CEO of everything and manages the animal welfare donations on behalf of UnderCover Kindness (he also sleeps A LOT!).

Each piece is handmade, created individually painted or created. As each piece allows for slight variations in the finished product and effect, it allows for a unique and individual creation and gift! Each creation is manifested and designed using the knowledges and wisdoms which have been handed down over many thousands of years from generation to generation. Coming in ways such as connection to Ancestors, sky, land and water – enabling the stories and art to come to life in a stunning way. Each creation is made with love and positive intentions.

I cannot tell you how many pieces of jewellery and artwork that I own from Revolution Ware (no, really – I have soooo many). I feel empowered and seen when I wear any of my jewellery pieces and I seem to get this deadly swagger when I walk and always admire myself in windows when I wear anything!

The artworks are such breathtaking creations and speak to you – it really is an honour to own pieces of this family’s artwork and jewellery. The biggest issues I have wearing the jewellery is – total strangers want me to give my pieces to them (so does my family and friends for that matter! It is noooo way from me!).

Tabitha is a woman who has such talent and a way with words, When you read any of her work, you are transported to an entirely different place. You are with her in that moment, being taken alongside her on the adventure. Tabitha has written for a multitude of organisations and in many Indigenous and non-Indigenous spaces and has also given her time for panels, webinars and workshops for free, as educating is one of her passions alongside Justice for Incarcerated brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and many other mob,

Revolution Ware was created from the history of and as Aboriginal people is an act of radical resistance, and self-care in the capitalist colony is a revolutionary act, we created Revolution Ware as a way of sharing our art and stories with the world.  Also, a way to educate, empower and give voices to Ancestors, community and more.
You think I am exaggerating how amazingly (and creative), inspiring and deadly this family is?! Go ahead and check them out – but hurry, as their creations sell out in no time – literally!

 

Galuu Gallery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guluugallery

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guluu_gallery/

Guluu Gallery is located in Kandos, on Wiradjuri Nation in NSW. Guluu gallery is a husband and wife team of Jo Albany – a Kalkadoon woman and Peter Swain- a Wiradjuri man from the Dabee clan, operated and run business. The gallery has become so successful, another shop is being opened up in Rylestone NSW! You can visit (if you are in the area and state of course) in person and have a yarn with the ever friendly and deadly Jo, who is the curator of the gallery and Peter, an artist and knowledge holder. Or simply visit their Facebook or Instagram pages. Peter and Jo run regular workshops (art, craft, didgeridoo lessons -Peter runs the didgeridoo lessons fyi) at the rear of the property where Peter’s workshop is also located (it is a decent size!). Guluu Gallery supports and encourages the development and creations of Aboriginal Artists, artisans and creators all over Australia. Peter tales commissions too 😉  I could tell you more – though I think you should contact the gallery and see for yourself all the amazing and deadly products.

 

Yana Warna by Wiramai

https://www.facebook.com/WyartaMiller

wadda7@hotmail.com

Yana Warna – Yana – raw (as all products are raw) and Warna – Ocean Yana Warna are Wirangu words.

Wiramai is Wyarta’s traditional Aunangu name gifted to her.

 

Wyarta(Wiramai) Miller is a Wirangu/Kokatha (Gugada) woman from the Far West Coast of Ceduna South Australia. Wyarta was born with an Ancestral gift to be Ngankari (Nun-Kari) (an Indigenous Healer) – which means Wyarta (Wiramai) is able to hear, see and heal via other dimensions. Wyarta (Wiramai) was gifted the Aunangu name of Wiramai (how very special?!). Wyarta (Wiramai)  grew up the areas of Yalata, Fowlers Bay, Scotdesco (Bookabie), Penong, Koonibba, Ceduna in SA – in other words, Wyarta (Wiramai)  had the whole stretch of the coast as her playground and home. Wyarta (Wiramai) is a single Mother, who works full-time as Ngankari, and both obviously keep her busy! Wyarta’s (Wiramai’s) family have also have many responsibilities being keepers of traditional knowledge and culture with many skills, Wyarta (Wiramai)  is the only one in her family who has been born with this gift and has been gifted many others over her lifetime of growth,

The main form of Ngangkari healing is to help heal people. Witch doctor.. the dimensional gift is a huge bonus. Ngangkari healers service humanity and balance the dimensions on our lands and potentially/in the near future globally (definitely a dream of Wiramai’s).

Wyarta (Wiramai) has such a gentle soul, and genuine desire to heal as many of her people, community – in fact all of humanity, as she can. Wyarta (Wiramai) has a way of healing in person and via distance that is so very special and you do feel every ounce of her love, healing, genuine and good intentions to heal you from within your body, healing every molecule, one at a time. Wyarta’s(Wiramai’s)  style of healing is not only done via the traditional gifts and methods handed down from her Elders/Ancestors, Wyarta (Wiramai) heals with a slight twist to enable you to feel the healing in a way you never imagined (all good, of course). Each ingredient that goes into her products is hand picked by herself and her family and children. Which means everything is organic and chosen with love and using the correct ways. As Wyarta (Wiramai)  and her family choose the ingredients strait from Mother Earth, you are getting what Mother Earth has intended for you to receive. When Wyarta (Wiramai)  is creating her medicines to heal you, the individual intention is created thus you receive the healing and medicine that is in line with the healing/s you require to make you healthy again. Wyarta’s (Wiramai’s) medicines are intended for ailments such as types of pains, aches, arthritis, migraines, colds, flu, viruses, skin conditions, insomnia, mental health, anxiety, inflammations, healing your internal self and soul and much more.

The array of traditional medicines will genuinely aid in helping you to heal what ever has you feeling ill. I guarantee this, as I have had this genuinely gifted Ngankari perfume healings on me and I instantly felt the healing and medicines working on my broken body and soul. You feel the healing begin to work right away – the medicine truly is a gift that one has no words for. Wyarta (Wiramai) has a way of connecting with you and just knowing what your body needs and is asking for, it can only be described as Wyarta (Wiramai) talking directly to your body via her Ngankari gifts her Elders and Ancestors have gifted her before birth. The process that Wyarta (Wiramai) undertakes when preparing her medicines is by using her traditional knowledges and gift in a way that  is authentic, truly genuine and completed for ensuring you receive what your body is craving.

The only thing left to say is; contact Wyarta (Wiramai) and allow this Ngankari woman to connect with you and heal you in a way that no western medicine ever could or will.

Sobah Beverages

Home Page: https://sobah.com.au/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sobahbeverages/

 

Sobah Beverages is led by husband and wife team, Clinton, a Gamiliroi man and Lozen Schultz and based upon Yugambeh country in QLD. Sobah Beverages was founded by Clinton, a psychologist who uses the philosophies of Gamilaraay Lore ‘dhiriya Gamil’ along with other lessons he has been fortunate to learn from Elders from around Australia. These include acting from a position of respecting people, place and the environment; understanding and working towards fulfilling responsibilities to that we are connected to; and, engaging in positive reciprocity.

Clinton, Lozen and their team have a genuine desire to assist with providing better and alternative choices for those deadly people who are not drinking. Each have a genuine desire to come from a genuine place, which includes acting from a position of respecting people, place and the environment; understanding and working towards fulfilling responsibilities to that we are connected to; and, engaging in positive reciprocity.

Sobah Beverages believe that each have been privileged with opportunities the have been given, resulting in believing they have a responsibility to give back, to share our knowledge and experience, to create opportunities for others, to encourage sustainable and healthy ways of living, and to assist in bringing about positive changes. Clinton, Lozen and their deadly Sobah Beverages team, are leading the conversation regarding issues with alcohol consumption and breaking down the stigma of socialising sober in Australia. This is undertaken via the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices and wellness, social equity, sustainability, raise positive awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, smash stereotypes, unite people and of course, their beers quench thirst.

It is a genuine desire for the Sobah Beverages team to break down the stigma of socialising sober. Sending out and promoting the message you really can enjoy a unique tasting non-alcoholic craft beer when out with mates and, that Sobah really is the truly social drink. Clinton and the Sobah Beverages team aim to  raise cultural awareness and promote Aboriginal arts, language and history through the Sobah range. Each recognising First Nations Peoples of Australia, language groups, origins and the Dreaming, all whilst ensuring ethically sourced ingredients and knowledge.

Another passion of the Sobah beverages team is in wellbeing, and by using their vastly growing popularity and social platform, supporting organisations and strategies that are working in ways to help people and communities HEAL from pains caused and losses experienced. There is a genuine desire form the mob at Sobah Beverages to assist in creating further spaces for traditional, spiritual and culturally influenced choices and healing opportunities outside the reliance on government funding and control. Sobah Beverages is a major advocate for organisations including Preston Campbell Foundation101 Tokens and other businesses and programs surrounding the space of mindful drinking and sobriety, as well as healthy living.

We all know it is going to continue to be a long, hot and dry summer, so do yourself a favour and order up to be a part of changing the societal narrative you have to be drunk to have a great time! So, get behind a deadly and inspiring cause!

P.s, you can be stylin’ up propa deadly when you buy their merchandise!

 

That is all from me (for a few moments that is 😉 ..).

Our Songlines team wish you a safe and happy holidays with all of your loved ones. Please remember to keep hydrated, be kind to each other and never stop believing in your amazing selves.

Bidhi ngurrbul (big love)

Yali <3 xo

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This is my truth.

I was born on Larrakia land (Darwin) where I spent my younger years surrounded by my countless cousins, aunties, uncles and my Nanny and Poppa. My culture was everywhere, in how we joked, what we thought and what we sang.

My first experience of being different came from my blonde hair, green eyed and white skinned sister who was sure I needed to get back into the bath because my knees were ‘still dirty’. I remember crying my eyes out and not being able to calm down. She was little and had obviously started recognising that most of the people at her school looked like her, not like me. Mind you, for a long time in our family she was the odd one out with her extremely fair skin that was unable to catch a tan and I assume she was trying to reflect her experiences onto me. Even all of our blonde cousins, aunties and uncles had tanned skin, not Hails, she would battle it alone until Keeley came along.

When we moved to Melbourne, I very quickly became the minority though. Our Melbourne family (dad’s side) were all non-indigenous. At school I was the only one who spoke like I did (apart from Hails), I remember making the conscious decision to stop saying ‘deadly’ or ‘sis’ at school because no one knew what I was talking about.

It wasn’t until I was about 9 that I really felt ostracised for being aboriginal. We were learning about Australian history and the Stolen Generation and when it was spoken about, I was pointed out. ‘Kayla’s family couldn’t look after their kids’ ‘Kayla is going to get taken’ I withdrew into myself and I remember I felt so ashamed. I grew burning hot and sick when my teacher asked me to debate how the stolen generation was a good thing for aboriginal people. I remember standing there not saying a word. Everyone was staring at me and I couldn’t help but think back to my nana, how she was taken from her family and all the pain and anguish that my family continue to feel because of this. The stolen generation was a good thing? It had never even crossed my mind that people would think this, but this was coming from my teacher. Someone I was told to respect; someone I was taught knew better than me. I don’t think I talked for the rest of the day. I didn’t even tell my parents what she had asked of me. I was confused and ashamed. I think that was the time that I became an expert compartmentaliser.

Compartmentalisation: A defense mechanism where someone suppresses their thoughts and emotions. It is not always done consciously but this can often justify or defend a person’s level of engagement in certain behaviors.

I became one person to white people, and I was another to my family. Only now am I trying to reconcile these two people.

I had managed quite skilfully to ignore the provokes I would hear about being aboriginal – if I was quiet, they couldn’t see me right?  When I got to high school, I developed sever anxiety, although, I didn’t know that was what it was at the time. I was having panic attacks EVERY. SINGLE. DAY before school and I honestly felt as though I was dying, I went to the doctors so many times and I was never diagnosed, so I continued to feel as though I was suffocating. I missed A LOT of school because of it.

What had triggered my anxiety in high school was a particularly vulgar class. The lessons would begin with a quick explanation of what we were concentrating on that day and then for the rest of the lesson the teacher and a student would exchange aboriginal jokes. I sat in humiliating silence class after class while they exchanged their ‘jokes’. When they laughed, they were laughing at me and my family. I went from a student who cared a lot about their grades, to a student who would hand things in late and with very little effort. My friends sat in silence while my torment went on and I remember feeling so far removed from everyone, not that I blame them, it’s such an awkward age. I tried distracting myself with chatter with my friend’s, but I couldn’t block it out. I remember finally getting up the guts to say ‘I’m aboriginal and I don’t like this’ my teacher gave me a dumb smile and didn’t say anything. The student said ‘oh, but can I just tell one more joke’. I was silenced again but to my relief, no one laughed at the joke that time. The teacher didn’t say anything to me. I was in and out of school the rest of  that year and when I did show up, I would be severely anxious and couldn’t concentrate in class. I was there only for my friends and to not disappoint my parents who worked hard to put me through school.

Sometimes I get the opportunity to feel safe with someone who isn’t Indigenous, and I share parts of my story with them. I am good at that; all minorities are good at predictive analysis. We know what signs to look for to show us when we are safe and when we aren’t. We look for people who will listen with the intention of learning. When we share and are ignored, we won’t share with you again.

When you haven’t walked in our footsteps and you decide what’s best for us, you design something ‘for us’ without us leading it, we won’t work with you again.

I ended up feeling safer in my protective skin because of these years. I studied in this skin, I made friends in this skin and I began my career in this skin. It never felt right though. Sometimes I would share a post on my facebook page that was about the injustice to Indigenous people and I would get little to no support. No ‘likes’, apart from my family and a select few. I felt alone and enraged, disappointed and sadden and then, I decided I couldn’t stand it anymore and I began the journey of ‘consolidating’ my two selves.

So now I am trying to figure out what this looks like, it feels lonely and scary, but it also feels like healing and recovering.  

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POV: Light-skinned Blakfulla

My name is Nova Garnier. I am a proud Indigenous Australian with blood ties into the Torres Strait Islands and Palm Island. I grew up on Noongar Boodjar (country) in Western Australia, and am currently living on Larrakia land in Darwin, Northern Territory.

I acknowledge the Larrakia people, whose land I currently reside. I thank them for allowing me to live on such beautiful country and I acknowledge their deep connection to both the land and sea. I pay my respects to Elders both past, present, and emerging.

Today’s blog is about a subject I hold very close to my heart and is a big part of the fabric of my being. I hope this blog brings some education and understanding around what it’s like to be a light-skinned blakfulla in 2020 and empowers others who may be feeling a little lost, and show them that they are not alone on their spiritual journeys.

“You’re too white to be Indigenous”

“Yeah but you’re not like the others ones. You’re one of the good ones”

“What percentage are you?”

My whole life I have heard these remarks. When others questioned my identity, it made me question my own identity. Growing up on the other side of the country, where my family was not from, I felt lost and like I didn’t belong.

It’s only in recent years, after reaching out to family and meeting other mob’s from all over, that I finally felt connected. It was at my first Indigenous Uni Games in 2016 in Brisbane (now known as Indigenous Nationals), that I credit to my full ‘spiritual awakening’. It was the energy in the room that awoke something in me. The energy in the songs, the energy in the dances, the energy that was sending vibrations throughout my entire body because of this collective group. Everyone just accepted each other for who they were. There was no questioning of identities, there were no ignorant remarks. Everyone just saw each other as their brothers and sisters. It helped me heal and I finally started accepting myself.

I’m still on my spiritual journey, and I still have days where I sometimes feel like I’m an impostor in my own skin. I’ve learned when this happens, to just breathe, lay down on the Earth, and have faith that the old people are guiding me and that I’m doing the right thing for myself and my people.

My roots now run deeper than these ignorant remarks.

My blood memory is strong and my connection with my ancestors is undeniably fierce. I draw upon their strength and their experiences to find my own power.

The education system let me down, and it let you down too. I’ve spent the last few years educating myself and decolonising my thinking. At first, it was my safeguard to have the ability and confidence to defend myself when my identity was being questioned by others. It has now grown into a necessity to walk in both worlds, to progress forward as a united Australia.

WE have the opportunity to move forward together, hand in hand, as one collective nation. A nation built on mutual trust and respect. A nation that recognises past wrongdoings, and commits to a better future. A nation that acknowledges and celebrates Indigenous cultures at its core. A nation in which all are welcomed and all are valued.

One of the projects I am actively involved in with Indigenous Business Australia is the Futures Forum project. At the start of this, we were asked to present our 50-year vision for Indigenous Australia, mine is as follows:

Aboriginality will not be defined by skin colour, geographical location, or social demographic, but in the DNA of the collective will be the DNA of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In essence, the strong sense of self, belongingness, and connection that comes with that will flow through the veins of the generations 50 years from now. We won’t have to have NAIDOC and Reconciliation week because it will be a way of life. Every organisation will be embedded with this real and vibrant force and not just tokenistic.

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Nova xo

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Peaceful Protests

The murder of George Floyd on 25th May 2020 has rightfully enraged people from all across the world, bringing to the forefront the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Here in Australia how much do we really know about Indigenous deaths in custody. In 1996 there was a royal commission into the number of deaths of black deaths in custody studying between 1990-1995.

  • Indigenous people were 16.5 times more likely than non-indigenous people to die in custody. Keeping in mind that Indigenous people currently make up approximately 3% of the population, this is disproportionately high.  
  • The disproportion in the rate of death was the highest in South Australia (31.7) followed by Victoria (18.8), New South Wales (17.0), Queensland (16.8), Northern Territory (7.7) and Tasmania (2.8).
  • Indigenous prisoners were 1.26 times more likely to die in prison than non-non-indigenous prisoners.
  • Indigenous people who died in custody are significantly younger than non-Indigenous people.
  • The rate of death for Indigenous women in custody was higher than the corresponding rate for Indigenous men.

The full report can be found here.

Here is a list of current peaceful protests within Australia

MELBOURNE: 6TH JUNE 2020 1:30PM FEDERATION SQUARE

BRISBANE: 6TH JUNE 2020 1PM KING GEORGE SQUARE

SYDNEY: 9TH JUNE 2020 5PM HYDE PARK

PERTH: 13TH JUNE 2020 MIDDAY HYDE PARK

BRISBANE: 13TH JUNE 2020 1PM SOUTHBANK (NEAR MIDDLE BBQ)

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    Manya Kartla Cold Fire, Cool Burning

    Our Songlines is passionate about promoting Indigenous Culture, in these times where Australia is on fire, we need to look to our First Nations people to lead the path to old country. We had a yarn with Dr Jared Thomas and this is what he had to say.

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    Image: Lindsay Thomas dealing with fuel load, Southern Flinders Ranges, winter, 2016. Taken by Dr Jared Thomas. 

    Dr Jared Thomas, Margaret and William Geary Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture, South Australian Museum

    With unprecedented bushfires ravaging Australia during the summer of 2019-2020 many are asking what could have occurred to prevent the ferocity of the fires, and people are turning their attention to Aboriginal knowledge regarding bushfire mitigation.

    With the encouragement of ecologist Faith Coleman, my dad Darryl and my Uncles Lawrie and Lindsay started reintroducing cool burning, a land management practice similar to those implemented by Aboriginal people across the continent. Before trialling cool burns I’d heard about how my people, the Nukunu of the Southern Flinders Ranges, and many other Aboriginal groups managed country with fire. I’d been told that fire, heat and smoke facilitates the germination of particular seeds and can regenerate tracts of land.

    Through conducting several cool burns and reflecting on the recent fires, I am now coming to a better understanding of the many of ways that fire assists land management, including lessening bushfires.

    In the lead up to the burns there’s deep observation of the tract of land intended to be managed, including the fuel load in the area, it’s density and type, height, the rain fall leading up to the burn, ensuring particular plants are plump with moisture, and the types of plants in the vicinity that naturally release oils. We notify the Country Fire Service and neighbouring property owners when the burn will take place. We take note of humidity, wind direction, speed and ensure we have equipment to put out the fire in case our judgement is wrong.

    Our initial intent in conducting cool burns was assisting the health of an outcrop of acacia victoriae (wattle) in an area that had been stocked with sheep. As part of this process, we deliberately stockpiled and burnt excess fuel, knowing that if that fuel load set alight in the summer, it would set all around it ablaze. When the fuel load is ignited during the cooler months the fire spreads slowly and self extinguishes because of the moisture within surrounding plants.

    My cousin Travis Thomas has been fighting fires for twenty-three years, including the recent Victorian and Kangaroo Island fires. He says, ‘that when Aboriginal land management practices are used there’s less risk of fires spreading and reaching extreme temperatures, simply because the amount of fuel is eliminated.’

    Many of the fires this summer were ignited by lightning strike. It’s evident that Nukunu ancestors implemented cool burns in anticipation of lightning strike, and moved seasonally to reduce chance of getting caught in a place where a fire could get out of control. In the winter they lived in the hills where there’s large river red gums that they shaped to create shelter (shelter trees), and in the spring they moved to the coast where there’s acacia and low lying salt bush, plants that if alight, aren’t near as terrifying as a creek line of river red gums. If a fire did get out of control on the coast, they could retreat to the beach. The existence of shelter trees that are pre-colonial, at least several hundred years old demonstrates that my ancestor’s cool burns worked.

    My Uncle Lindsay says, ‘when we did our first burn, we noticed the eaglehawks come in to see what we were doing, and to dive down on prey getting away from the fire. I felt they were pleased with what we were doing, because they were getting a feed and we were looking after country.’

    Travis says,

    ‘cool burns are most important because birds and animals live in habitat at different levels and cool burns ensure different types of vegetation is always available, and in turn the animals help with seed distribution.’

    A year after our first cool burn there were many new strong green wattle saplings. What we didn’t anticipate was the rapid increase in biodiversity in the area where we conducted the burn.

    Whilst I’ve only conducted a few cool burns, there remain Aboriginal people in this country that are experts in caring for country with fire. The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation are working alongside some state fire agencies to conduct burns and they conduct cultural burning workshops across Australia with fire authorities, rangers, land councils, and property owners.
    Across the Northern Territory and Queensland, NGO The Nature Conservancy is partnering with Aboriginal communities to protect country. Their research demonstrates that fire management in savannas has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This work also includes examination of the optimal conditions and temperatures of cool burns for maintaining biodiversity.

    As Australia faces the challenge of reducing carbon emissions and protecting citizens from bushfires, it’s time that the nation seeks guidance from those that have effectively managed their land for tens of thousands of years.

     

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    Gariwerd – Grampians National Park

    Boroka Lookout over Halls Gap

    Once upon a time, the Great Ancestor spirit of Bunjil, the creator, set at work to reform the Earth. He had the task of creation. Of the lakes and the seas, the mountains and the plains, the flora, and the fauna.

    In this came the creation of the Grampians. As Bunjil finished with the sandstone ranges, he presume’s the body of an eagle, the Werpil. Thereupon he flew, to glance from above at his masterpiece: the Grampians. He watched the mountains, and the flowing of the river, the chirping of the birds, and the whispers of the Earth.

    After some time, Bunjil realized the sandstone ranges and his other creations must be named. Thus this task was appointed to the two sons of the frog, Duke. The Bram Bram Bult brothers set out to finish the Great Ancestor’s work, and thereupon Gariwerd came into being, the indigenous name of the Grampians.

    With his work complete, Bunjil thought it was time he took leave and marveled at his creation from up above. And so he transformed into a star in the sky, and till date looks upon his creations and people, in awe and protection. 

     

    Wildflowers in the Grampians

     The Grampians National Park, referred to as Gariwerd, is situated in the Grampians region of Victoria, Australia. The Grampians are a range of five, rugged sandstone mountains, rising rather abruptly from the western plains. The structure has various textures, being rugged and steep on the eastern side, whilst becoming gentler and smoother as it reaches its western part. Geologically, the formation of the Grampians is a marvel of valleys and peaks that Indigenous Australians residing in and near to the Grampians believe is due to Bunjil’s glory and magnificence that the ridges came into being.

    Gariwerd is home to the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people, who have lived here for more than 50,000 years. They consider the place to be sacred and special, with immense cultural significance. They believe ancestral spirits to be present at the mountains, and thus wish to safeguard their Dreamtime track, their Songline. Their stories are passed down through generations, by word of mouth storytelling, as well the art of scripture and animations. Many of the aboriginal people have tattoos of Bunjil, the Great Ancestor spirit, on various parts of their body, especially behind the skull. Whilst their rock caves have motifs of animals, birds, humans, and all such creations as a depiction of the work of Bunjil. A few of many sites include Manja (the Cave of Hands), Gulgurn Manja (the flat Rock) and Ngamadjidj (the Cave of Ghosts). Such rock paintings are also kept in shelters in various parts of the park, whilst a very important part of the park is located at its fringes, wherein lies the only known image of Bunjil, created thousands of years ago by the ancestral spirit himself. The image depicts a Buddha-resembling figure, with two Dingoes by his side. This holds immense importance for the Aboriginals of the area, as well as the visitors, as they get an inside look to the Indigenous culture.

    Alongside the rock art sites, the Grampians also present themselves with the adventurous task of rock-climbing. As difficulty and sweat combine with the surreal experience of scaling these rugged ranges, this proves to be a major attraction for adventure-lovers out there. Whilst for those which aren’t fond of heights, there is the enticing aspect of fishing and canoeing in the Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook. Or the idea of walking within the park, taking in the sights and smells, and getting a breath of fresh air, away from all worldly claims.

    Rock-Paintings

     

    For the nature-loving, the park has a wide variety of animals, ranging from the Australian famous Kangaroos, to emus and the wedge-tailed eagles. Whilst the breathtaking flora includes the very rare Blue Pin Cushion Lily, and other varieties of herbs and shrubs, all on display, blooming and beautiful, especially in springtime.

    The Grampians National Park is a highly enriched cultural site and had also been listed on the Australian National Heritage List. With the opportunity to not only learn the indigenous heritage, but also awe at the beauty of nature, this park is the one-stop for all visitors searching for a culturally enhanced and surreal experience.

     

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    Arnhem Land; The Land of Wonders

     

    Wish to go on vacation, away from all worries of everyday life? Want to take a walk down the corridors of Indigenous history? Desire to experience a soulful and enlightening experience? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Arnhem Land is the place to be.

    In 1623, a Dutch captain sailed into the Gulf Carpentaria in his ship, the Arnhem, thereby becoming inspiration for this land to be named, the Arnhem Land. This region is located in the northeast of the 5 northern Australian territories. With a population of about 16000, of which 12000 are the Yolngu people, the area is rich and central to Indigenous history. The traditional owners, Yolngu initially moved to the land tens of thousands of years ago, to get away from the worries of large towns, today residing in outstations curtaining the Arnhem.
    The Yolngu people are culturally rich beings with their own set of beliefs, and a code of life. Their faith links them with the fundamental belief that their life is connected: the past, present, and future. The Yolngu of north-eastern Arnhem have the belief that the all-powerful Wangarr beings were present at the ‘Sacred timeshining’, and what they see today, is all because of their powers of creation. They blessed the area with land (ngirrima) and water, alongside teaching them the way of living. Their language, laws, paintings, scriptures, and ceremonies all trace back to the Wangarrs. After which all things living were assigned one of the two basic moieties, Dhuwa and Yirritja. The land and waters assigned to each of them hold immense spiritual significance. You can often hear the Yolngu say, not that they merely care for the land, or the land is theirs, but instead, that ‘they are the land’. During nighttime tours, visitors are often presented with cultural nights of bonfires and food, often ending with star gazing, or spending time under the dark, gloomy and beautiful sky. The Milky Way in the sky is thought of in Yolngu culture as the ’River of stars’. It is the highway for dead spirits to pass on to the afterlife. It is also believed, that one should not call out the name of the deceased, as this invites them back to Earth, hindering their passage through the highway, to reaching their final abode.

    The Arnhem Land is Eden for those with the love of water. With recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and roaming the mesmerising white sandy beaches, it attracts visitors of all sorts. Nhulunbuy (on the Gove peninsula) is an absolute treat for the budding-fisherman. The catch here is extremely easy, alongside there being many nearby beaches with entrepreneur beautiful sunsets awaiting your arrival. There is also the presence of wonders of mother Earth, such as the reefs, cays, and estuaries brimming with exotic marine life, making Nhulunbuy rank high on the tourists’ list of favourite places. The Macassan beach on the other hand, differs with the sort of historical aura it emits. It hosts stone structures which had been constructed approximately a century ago, to make everyone aware of the Macassan traders. Again, with beaches like Turtle Beach in walking distance from here, it is the picnic spot bound to attract many.
    The land is rich in representation of the animal kingdom, whether it be the fauna on land, or the enticing marine life. Wildlife is in abundance here with many saltwater crocodiles, nesting turtles, dugongs, as well as the highly-acclaimed sea cucumbers, or trepang, as one may know them in Chinese cuisine.

    The indigenous significance of the area is evident through the rock art it beholds. With depictions of axes, ships, and more, they act as a looking glass to aboriginal history. Found on the Ubirr rock, and Injalak Hill, the paintings are narrations of events of the past, such as the incoming of the Europeans. Mount Borradaile is a heaven for rock art lovers. Acting as a sacred sanctuary, the rock shelters are a window to the past, as they brim with stories. Whether it be the fabulous rainbow serpent, or the handprints shining on the wall, mesmerising visitors with their rugged yet enticing beauty.

    With a single permit letting you in to enjoy the beauty Arnhem Land beholds, what are you waiting for? The sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, and stories of the past await your arrival, and are ready to welcome you, Yolngu-style!

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      Uluru Dreamtime

      Uluru

      Right in the heart of the Red Centre lies the most famous monolith of Australia – Uluru. This massive sandstone rock began to form about 550 million years ago, and gained fame due to its historical importance, as home to the Aboriginal Australians: the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. People of these tribes reside near Uluru, due to the spiritual significance it holds for them. Whilst their rich culture and history have termed Uluru as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Tourists visit Uluru with the desire to understand its local heritage. Aided by native Anangu tour guides, the visitors get an inside look, brimming with stories of the past. As part of the indigenous adventures, the sightseers also get to enjoy local experiences of dot painting, bush tucker, and traditional bush skills. A helicopter ride from Uluru and around Kata Tjuta, is also one of the famous attractions.

      Uluru is also home to a variety of flora and fauna, with many near-extinct species. Whether it be the rare Mulgara, the Great Desert Skink, or the ever-famous kangaroos of Australia such as the Red Kangaroo, Uluru paints a lovely picture of the Animal Kingdom. Whilst for those who hold fondness of flora, the Centralian Bloodwood and very rare Adders Tongue Ferns are only some of the many varieties of vegetation present, as exhibitions of nature.

      The beauty of Uluru lies not only in its rocky structure, but its surrounding environment too. The atmosphere is a sight for sore eyes, as the sun shines on the rock, its rays lighting up the area in an array of colors. It glows red at dawn, varying throughout the day in hues of browns and oranges, to finally settle on red at sunset, and then the grey of the night. Such natural attributes have assisted Uluru in becoming symbolized as an epitome of beauty.

      Uluru is rich with Dreamtime stories of the Anangu ancestors. With guided tours, such stories are narrated to tourists, enlightening them with the mystique and culture of the area. The cultural story surrounding the formation of Uluru is:

      There lived two tribes of ancestral spirits. Invited to a grand dinner, they did not show up because they were distracted by the Sleepy Lizard Women. The hosts, in anger, sang evil into the mud sculpture, which thereupon came to life. Then began a massive battle, which resulted in deaths of leaders of both tribes. Due to the amount of bloodshed, and remorse felt by the Earth  itself, it rose in grief, becoming Uluru.

      It is not only the formation of Uluru, but also the boulders, the caves, the inscriptions on the sandstone which speak a different story of the past:

      When the Bell-bird brothers visited the Lizards, they were handed a small piece of emu to suffice for their hunger. In resentment, the brothers set fire to the lizard home, whilst trying to escape by climbing the high rock, only to fall back, and burn to their deaths.

      It is thought that the grey lichen on the rock face is remains of the smoke, whilst the two boulders are the half-buried lizard men.

      Uluru holds immense spiritual importance for the local Indigenous people, who believe they can communicate and receive blessings from ancestral spirits by touching certain rock outcroppings. The rocks are therefore considered blessed, and those taking rocks from the formation may suffer misfortune. Due to its sacredness, visitors are told to not climb the rock, since it is considered a traditional Dreamtime track, whilst also being associated with various Mala ceremonies as it was the route opted by Mala men upon their arrival to Uluru. Uluru is also a dangerous climb, with its steepness, and windiness at the top. Therefor resisting those medically and physically unfit to make the climb. We support the locals in not climbing Uluru and we ask all tourists not to climb Uluru. As we feel strongly about this, we will not be facilitating any bookings or tour companies that climb the rock.

      The Anangu feel their solemn duty to protect people visiting Uluru, due to its spiritual significance, and thus prevent them from making such a strenuous and maybe fatal climb. Moreover, after certain instances of possible defamation of the rock, it has been declared unscalable for visitors in the near future (effective 26th October 2019). However, with other indigenous experiences to be enjoyed, and the beauty of nature calling your name, Uluru awaits your arrival, with the hope that its culture and sacredness will be upheld.

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      Why Adam Goodes was the voice that we all needed.

      A different look into the documentary ‘The Final Quarter’

      Adam Goodes

      Adam Goodes received and is still receiving so many opinions about his actions in his final years in AFL football. Sweeping statements were made about his character, his actions and intentions. His actions were called violent, over the top and he was ridiculed for every move he made. So, I’m not highlighting the controversy that surrounded his final years, but I am highlighting his comments, his composure and the strength that he carried throughout that demeaning time. The below quotes are taken directly from the documentary ‘The Final Quarter’.

      Mike Sheahan:

      Is the game doing enough to cater to indigenous players?
      AG: Yeah, I think so, we’ve got more opportunities than ever, I think the clubs becoming more culturally aware of its indigenous players…

      [on whether racism is almost eradicated]

      “almost isn’t good enough, it definitely hasn’t, and look, it’s something that I’ve grown up with, it happened in junior ranks, it happened at high school, it happens when you walk around the streets in your community it happens when you are going down to the shops to buy some milk to have breakfast but here, you’ve finally made it, you’ve done good for yourself you’ve made it to the AFL and it happens again and you just think, when is this ever going to end”

      [on Nicki Winmar]

      “Once I started playing footy, and started to establish myself in the game I realised and it was just one of those statements that really made me think, you know what, that I should be proud of my heritage, my culture and proud of who I am”

      During the 2013 Indigenous round Adam Goodes was called an ape by a young Collingwood supporter, he pointed her out to security, the next day, this is what he had to say.

      “yeah look, I’m pretty gutted to be honest, ah, the win, um the first of its kind in 13 years, to win by 37 points against Collingwood, to play such a pivotal role and it just means nothing, to come to the boundary line and to get a 13 year old girl call me an ape, um and its not the first time on the footy field, I have been referred to as a monkey or an ape, it was, it was shattering, racism had a face last night, and it was a 13 year old girl, but it’s not her fault, she’s 13 she’s still so innocent, I don’t put any blame on her unfortunately its what she hears, the environment that she’s grown up in..”
      “I felt like I was in high school again, being bullied, being called all of these names because of my appearance, and I didn’t stand up for myself in high school, but I am a lot more confident, I am a lot more proud about who I am and of my culture and I decided to stand up last night and I will continue to stand up”

      During the time that Adam was under considerable pressure to maintain his composure in the heat of abuse he becomes an ambassador for the ‘Racism, it stops with me’campaign. The comments have to be disabled because of all the racism that was being posted. Collingwood President Eddie Mcguire suggests Adam Goodes should play King Kong, adding more hatred and attention to the growing racism bandwagon. Mcguire later apologised for this statement.

      Adam Goodes was awarded Australian of the year, he was asked his thoughts on Australia day/survival day/invasion day.

      “For me it has been a journey up until this point, so there was a lot of anger and sorrow for this day and very much the feeling of invasion day, but over the last 5 years you know, I have really changed my perception of Australia day and what it is to be Australian, for me its about celebrating the positives, you know we are still here as indigenous people, our culture is one of the longest surviving cultures in the world over 40,000 years (now we know its over 60,000 years) that is something that we need to celebrate and all Australians need to celebrate it if there are people out there thinking it is a great day for Australia well it is, we have to celebrate over 225 years of European settlement and that’s who we are, right now that’s who we are as a nation, but we also need to acknowledge our fantastic history, our Aboriginal history of over 40,000 years and just know that some aboriginal people out there today are feeling a little bit angry, are feeling a little bit soft in the heart because of that and that’s ok as well.”

      He released the ‘Recognise’ campaign which highlights the fact that the first nations people aren’t recognised in the constitution.
      [on the constitution] “There is nothing in the constitution right now, not a single word that mentions that anyone was here in 1788, so we need to acknowledge that simple fact and include the first Australians in the constitution at long last”

      A pivotal moment in AFL, when Essendon supporters point out another Essendon supporter for racist slanders against Adam Goodes during a game.

      “It is disappointing, and its not a comfortable thing to talk about and it’s definitely not a comfortable to go through so yeah its going to cause a stir and its going to cause people to have conversations about it but lets talk about it..”

      Goodes played in the 2014 Grand final and was noticeably booed the entire game.
      [Adam on being repeatedly booed whilst playing football]

      “It’s not something that I’m not used to, there’s been plenty of time I’ve been booed at football grounds, sometimes it’s a mark of respect that the opposition fans don’t want you to play well”

      [How racist is Australia]

      “There is so many like minded people like yourself and mine in this country, I would hate to put a figure or say this much but the history of our country is built on so much lies and racial policies and things that have suppressed my people and lots of minorities in this country the way I see it is I can use my position to educate people to see-through the things they have been taught growing up and for them to open their minds and think oh actually that isn’t true, captain cook didn’t found Australia as I was taught in high school ..”

      In 2015 during the Indigenous round Adam celebrated a goal with a war dance, after the game Mathew Richardson (former Richmond captain) questioned Adam about the celebration.

      “Just a little bit of inspiration from the under 16’s Boomerang kids who taught us a little bit of a war cry so just a little tribute to those guys… Indigenous round, proud to be representing”

      The next day, he was asked further questions about the celebratory dance “From my point of view, my team mates loved it, the Carlton players loved it, it’s not something they need to be getting their backs up against the wall about, is this the lesson we want to teach our children, that when we don’t understand something we get angry, we put our backs up against the wall – oh that’s offensive, no,

      if it’s something we don’t understand, let’s have a conversation, what was Goodesy doing?.. if we are telling our people out there you can’t represent your culture or represent where you come from, in a round that is specifically about acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people what are we saying?”

      Goodes, only had 11 free kicks in the year – ranker 168 on the list for free kicks – people saying they are booing him for his ‘free kicks’
      [After continued booing]

      “It’s just a continual battle at the moment, and it’s frustrating… just to have all that bad energy targeted towards me and its just disappointing, you know I’m coming towards the end of my career and if I leave the game this year and that is the aftermath of what’s happened at the end of my career, I’d be really disappointed with that”

      Adam Goodes was booed until the final siren of his last game. He refused his victory lap at the 2015 Grand Final.

      Since this time Adam Goodes (along with Michael O’Loughlin) have founded the organisation ‘Go Foundation’ this foundation creates opportunities for Indigenous youth through education.

      Adam Goodes showed tremendous courage in the face of pure cruelty. The way that he held himself during this difficult time is extremely admirable and vital in the cultural awareness cause. He spoke clearly, knowledgeably and vulnerably in order to educate people and for this we are so thankful.
      Goodesy, brother, uncle, we owe you for your strength and your courage during that hard time and for the continued work you have done for our people since. I thank you for all you have done in the name of reconciliation.
      You can watch the documentary here