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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Theme: NAIDOC Week 2016 focuses on the ‘Songlines’ recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Songlines carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and lore. 

NAIDOC activities around Australian museums include:

National Museum of Australia
Discover more about Indigenous Australia
Monday 4 July to Sunday 10 July 2016

Australian War Memorial
Naidoc Week Last Post Ceremony Thursday 7 July 2016

Australian Museum and Australian National Maritime Museum
Series of video conferences to schools

Australian National Maritime Museum
Munuk Zugubal – Saltwater Songlines exhibition
Eora First People – Precious works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Renowned artist and performer Gail Mabo is currently participating in the Indigenous Cultural Development Residency program at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Gail will be based at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory from 27 June–8 July and will host a variety of art workshops at Hyde Park on Monday 4 July, from 11am–3pm.

Sydney Living Museums
Songlines event at Rouse Hill House and Farm
10am – 3pm 9 July 2016

Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Queensland Museum
This is my heritage exhibition and videos

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
kanalaitja: an unbroken string exhibition

Melbourne Museum
NAIDOC Week school holiday activities

Western Australian Museum Shipwreck Galleries
2016 WA Museum NAIDOC Family Day

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