Always was, Always will be
Indigenous culture in Australia spans over 60,000 years. Although this culture has been suppressed through years of oppression and invasion, it is still strong and thriving. These Indigenous cultures remain an essential part of our Australian identity and have made significant contributions through art, language, land management, and much more.
The best way to honour and celebrate Indigenous culture is to educate ourselves. There are countless events and resources available to help us understand Indigenous culture better. The National Gallery of Australia and the Australian Museum host a range of exhibitions year-round, including ones that showcase Indigenous art, culture, and history. We recommend checking online events calendars to keep track of what is coming up in your area.
Support Indigenous Artists & Designers
Another way to embrace and honour Indigenous culture is to support Indigenous artists and designers. Whether it is fashion design, painting, or sculpture, many incredible Indigenous artists are creating beautiful works of art. By appreciating and purchasing their work, we can contribute to their success.
Learning an Indigenous language is a great way to not only honour the culture but also maintain it. There are many Indigenous languages spoken across the country. However, most of them are endangered, so learning and using them is essential. There are resources like books, online courses and classes, and communities who are always willing to share their knowledge and language. Learning language helps strengthen bonds with Indigenous communities, providing a valuable insight into the culture and worldview.
Another way to honour Indigenous culture is by supporting Indigenous-run tourism businesses. There are several Indigenous-owned and operated tour operators, offering a mix of cultural experiences and nature-based activities. From guided bushwalks to cultural tours, these tourism operators provide an immersive experience into Indigenous culture and help pass the culture down to future generations.
Caring for the Land
Finally, we can show our support for Indigenous culture by supporting Indigenous-led conservation programs that focus on protecting their land. Throughout centuries, Indigenous people have been managing the land sustainably and have helped maintain biodiversity. Today, there are organisations that work in close collaboration with Indigenous communities to help manage and conserve natural and cultural values of their land.
Indigenous culture is rich, diverse, and worth celebrating. By educating ourselves, supporting Indigenous artists and designers, learning the language, supporting indigenous tourism businesses, and participating in conservation efforts, we can contribute to the continuation and growth of the Indigenous culture. As we endeavour to create a more inclusive future, respecting Indigenous culture is key, and by celebrating the culture, we can build better community ties and embrace our rich cultural heritage. Let’s honour the Indigenous people whose footprint is ingrained on the land and will continue to do so always was and always will be.
14 Jul 2023