Celebrating NAIDOC Week at ANU Library

3 July 2017

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, ANU Library has selected a few resources from its collection that reflect this year's theme 'Our Languages Matter’.

Pictures from my memory:  my story as a Ngaatjatjarra woman by Lizzie Marrkylyi Ellis is a compelling historical record and personal account of her experience of moving within and between two cultures, and her family’s first contact with White Australians. Lizzie Marrkylyi Ellis is a Ngaatjatjarra educator, interpreter and linguist from the Western Desert. She is currently an Australian Research Council Discover Indigenous Fellow at the ANU where she is working on a project documenting Western Desert speech styles and changing modes of communication across generations. The publication is available online via the Informit Indigenous Collection, a multidisciplinary database which offers a variety of content on both topical and historical issues within Indigenous studies.

Some popular books written by Indigenous Australian authors held in the ANU Library collection include My place by Sally Morgan, Rabbit-proof fence by Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara) and That deadman dance by Kim Scott. A wide variety of resources on Indigenous Australian languages and literature can be found in our Library Catalogue by doing a subject search on ‘Australia languages’, or a keyword search on ‘Aboriginal literature’.

For multimedia resources, the comprehensive online resource Ethnographic Video Online provides access to streaming videos, documentaries, ethnographic films, feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork that supports the study of human cultures around the world. A search on the topic of Australian Aborigines retrieved the BBC Ray Mears Goes Walkabout Programme.  

Lastly, ANU Archives’ latest exhibition Vote ‘Yes’ for equality reveals some of the myths associated with the 1967 referendum when Australian voters approved changes to two sections of the Constitution that related to Aboriginal Australians. The exhibition examines what the changes meant for Aboriginal people, and the fact that not all Australian citizens were eligible to vote. Visit the exhibition at Menzies Library, open until August, or view the online exhibition at any time.

To find out more about NAIDOC Week and see what events are being held around Australia, visit the NAIDOC Week website.