It’s NAIDOC Week here in Australia with the theme of Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!
NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) occurs annually in July, and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Source
The colours of the Aboriginal Flag
The Aboriginal Flag is divided horizontally into equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the centre. The black symbolises Aboriginal people. The yellow represents the sun, the constant re-newer of life. Source
The heart of our land…
I am sharing some photos from a trip we did to the Red Centre of Australia in July 2015. Uluru is a sacred site and as such has great significance to the traditional owners.
Climbing the rock was stopped in October 2019
Uluru has been sacred to Anangu for tens of thousands of years, and climbing Uluru was not generally permitted under Tjukurpa (Anangu law and culture).
Visitors began climbing Uluru in the late 1930s, and to keep people safe, the first section of the climb chain was installed in 1964.
In 1985 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the traditional owners, Anangu, in an event known as Handback. The question of closing the climb was raised, and Anangu spokesman Kunmanara Lester said that while Anangu didn’t like people climbing Uluru it would be allowed for now.
In the 1990s signs were put up at the base of the climb which asked visitors on behalf of Anangu, Please Don’t Climb. As visitors learned more about Anangu culture and their wishes, the number of visitors climbing Uluru began to drop.
In 2010, the release of the Park’s Management Plan signalled the intention to work towards closing the climb. In November 2017, the Board of Management agreed that the criteria which included the number of visitors climbing falling below 20%, voted unanimously to close the climb from 26 October 2019, the 34th anniversary of Handback. This significant decision demonstrates Tjukurpa and Australian law working together in joint management. Our vision is that the park is a place where Anangu law and culture is kept strong for future generations. Source
These are just a few of my favourite landscape shots from our visit to Uluru. The sun on the rock gives it a variety of colours particularly at sunrise and sunset. It is really something that must be seen to be believed – it’s simply a stunning landscape.
We are Australian
Our national broadcaster, the ABC, turned 90years old and this video was shared as part of the celebrations, it’s fabulous and gave me goosebumps – please watch and enjoy. I especially loved the drummers!! Let me know what you think of it.
This week, Terri’s prompt is a colour one, ruby red…and it just so happens that back in July 2015 we were visiting the red centre of Australia for the very first time. It was an amazing place and we will definitely go back one day soon. I thought I’d share a few photos and interesting facts with you.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our indigenous heritage and learning a bit about the meaning of NAIDOC Week.
Did you get goosebumps from that video?
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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