Songlines – NAIDOC Week Theme

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 12.23.01 pmEach July, NAIDOC Week Celebrations are held across the country to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Peoples.

The celebrations are not only for the indigenous community, but for Australians from all walks of life. The week is great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

The theme of NAIDOC week is Songlines, the living narrative of our nation. 

This theme will highlight the importance of Songlines to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings.They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures. Dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ which record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians to explore and celebrate how, through Songlines, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain connected to Country and have been able to maintain and share sacred stories and ceremonies for tens of thousands of years.