Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day 271

I am sitting here listening to my son blow raspberries into a didgeridoo. I do love a good bit of didgeridoo music but Darby just sounds like he is blowing his nose. He'll get better I'm sure. He's only 6 and culturally he's probably not going to be a natural at it because we're all a little too "British" around here. He's trying hard though and that's awesome. Tahlia does a little better with a bit of "wa wa wa" in there as well as the raspberry blowing. They won't get any help or guidance from us, because neither Derek nor I can play the didgeridoo, but it's nice they are taking on a bit of the Aboriginal culture themselves and having a go.

They received a burst of Aboriginal culture during the week at school as the school celebrated NAIDOC. Can you believe that although I had heard of NAIDOC I didn't know what it was until this week? Shocking . Absolutely shocking, that as an Australian I didn't know we celebrated our Aboriginal culture every July. Huh.

So I've gone to the NAIDOC website to get some pearls of wisdom on the subject. Here you go.

"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.

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. "

So, anywho, they had this celebration at school where one of the Aboriginal kids (who is bloody clever at EVERYTHING) played the didgeridoo while the rest of the school filed into the school hall. He played it like a pro. Which is a stupid thing to say because he probably is ... a pro I mean ... at the didgeridoo. He's also bloody good at all things athletic and can do a freaky forward no limbs touching the ground front flip which makes me want to turn him into a cheerleader. Oh, but I digress ....

Anyway, July is when we are celebrating the people that walked on our land before us and I just want to honour that here on the blogosphere, especially the Ngunnawal people who are from our neck of the woods. Thank you for looking after our world and keeping it precious long before we bumbled along.


  1. Too "English," lol!

    That was a lovely tribute; makes me want to learn more.

    [Missed you!]

  2. Love it! Makes me want to pick up that instrument. Or then again maybe not. My daughter blows enough raspberries to supply the world cup. Yeah. Probably not. :)

  3. I learn things from you all the time, lady! All those years in the Territory, and I never knew......


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