To celebrate NAIDOC Week, ANU Library has selected a few resources from its collection that reflect this year's theme ‘Because of her, we can!’.
This theme celebrates the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.
In keeping with this theme, the Chifley Branch has put up a display of Library materials that explore and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Australian Indigenous women.
You will see works about or by women such as Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher (1937-2011), an eminent potter and artist; Rachel Perkins, a filmmaker and director whose films include Radiance and Freedom Ride; and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of contemporary Australian Indigenous art.
There are works that provide insights into the lives of Aboriginal women, including Diane Bell’s Daughters of the Dreaming based on her PhD thesis, and the film Women of Utopia which focuses on an employment program in the Utopia Station community.
The display also features publications of the ANU Press, such as Maori and Aboriginal women in the public eye : representing difference, 1950-2000, which is available in print and online.
As well as the books featured in the display, there is a book stand where people can browse and borrow other Library materials on Australian Indigenous women.
On display in the Chifley Library throughout July.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week and see what events are being held around Australia, visit the NAIDOC Week website.