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Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2012

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The aboriginal peoples of Australia and the knowledge and culture that they have passed down are an invaluable part of the Australian identity. NAIDOC Week is the one week each year when Australian's nationwide celebrate Indigenous cultures and recognise the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made to the country in a wide variety of fields and to ensuring that their cultural traditions survive. NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and its origins can be traced back to Indigenous groups that were established during the 1920s that sought to increase the understanding and awareness of the treatment of Indigenous peoples throughout the country. As a part of the celebrations this year a number of events are organised to celebrate the unique culture and history of Indigenous Australians.

One of the feature events of NAIDOC Week in Brisbane is the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day that not only showcases the amazing talents of Indigenous musicians and artists, but also gives people the opportunity to learn more about the local Indigenous community and the traditional heritage of the area. The event takes place on Friday, July 6th from 9am-5pm and will host various activities and stalls throughout the day. Along with live performances from Jessica Mauboy as well as local Indigenous music groups and traditional dancers, there will be traditional food, novelty and art and craft stalls, free kids rides, information stalls and an elders marquee where visitors can meet local Indigenous elders and increase understanding and awareness of traditional aboriginal cultures and the various issues that face Indigenous peoples today.

But that isn't the only event celebrating NAIDOC Week taking place. Along with the events at Musgrave Park, art exhibitions in Oakey and Toowoomba, as well as film screenings in Maleny are also planned to showcase the talents of Indigenous artists and filmmakers. To list all of the events taking place during NAIDOC Week would take more than a week's worth of reading so for a rundown on all of the listed events happening in Queensland, click here and for more information about NAIDOC and the meaning behind the week of celebrations click here.
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