05/07/2021 - 1:59pm
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 is 'Heal Country!'. It asks us to "embrace First Nation's cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage" and work towards redressing historical injustice.
This week at the Library we are putting a spotlight on some of the resources we make available to the UNSW community that highlight and celebrate Australia's Indigenous history.
UNSW Indigenous Strategy reading list
This reading list brings together the books and videos recommended in the UNSW Indigenous Strategy. It is a great place to start if you would like to learn more about Australia's Indigenous history and future. The Library has collected the books, films and related documents in an online collection called UNSW Indigenous Strategy - Recommended books & videos which you can access by signing in with your zID.
Continuing culture: Contemporary Expressions Exhibition in Main Library
An exhibition featuring artworks from the UNSW Art Collection by Indigenous artists is on display throughout the study spaces of Main Library Level 4. Continuing Culture, Contemporary Expressions: Indigenous art in the UNSW Art Collection showcases artworks from across Australia including coloured acrylic paintings from the Water Desert, bark paintings from Arnhem Land, prints from the Tiwi Islands and works by urban-based artists. This exhibition celebrates the First Peoples of Australia's enduring heritage and supports the UNSW Indigenous Strategy to celebrate and increase the presence of Indigenous culture on campus.
Australian Indigenous language collection
The UNSW Library collection includes many works written in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. You can explore our Australian Indigenous language collection online or search for specific language in the Library collection - try Tiwi, Kamilaroi or Warlpiri to start. These resources are tagged with special language identifiers that are based on the AIATSIS AUSTLANG vocabulary. Learning more about the first languages spoken on this land is a powerful way to acknowledge, respect and build on cultural knowledge and work together towards the goal of NAIDOC 2021's theme of Heal Country.
Ada Bird Petyarre (c. 1930–2009)
Anmatyerre, Central Desert region
synthetic polymer paint on linen 180.3 x 120 cm
UNSW ART COLLECTION
Currently on display Main Library Level 4