Indigenous voices: celebrating culture

July is jam-packed with a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history.

Indigenous voices July 2014

July is jam-packed with a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history — with NAIDOC Week, Musgrave Park Family Fun Day and Black History Month.

Plus, discover art from northern Queensland, stories of Pacific Islanders, or learn to say ‘g’day’ in your local Indigenous language!

North of the Tropic
Sat 28 June – Sun 31 Aug, open daily 10am–5pm
kuril dhagun, level 1 | Free


Drop by our North of the Tropic exhibition in kuril dhagun and explore artworks from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities north of the Tropic of Capricorn, such as Cardwell, Hammond Island, Cairns and Bentinck Island.

Created through both individual and community art projects, this collection of original art and materials includes Darnley Island sculptures, Dharis (Torres Strait Islander traditional headdresses), Mornington Island hats, ghost net bags, and Bagu with Jiman, the story, as well as paintings by Paula Paul and sculptures by Sharon Phineasa.

Image: Daniel Beeron, Eileen Tep, Theresa Beeron, Nephi Denham, Debra Murray, Nancy Cowan, Charlotte Beeron, Nancy Beeron, Sally Murray, Bagu with Jiman, the story (detail), clay, timber and string, Corporate Art Collection, SLQ.

Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond
6 – 13 July | Nationwide

Musgrave Park Family Fun Day 2013.

NAIDOC Week is fast approaching — a time of year for all Australians to place particular importance on celebrating the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with local events nationwide, including the annual Musgrave Park Family Fun Day in South Brisbane, held on Friday 11 July, from 10am–6pm. Come on down to the Cultural Precinct tent on the day to join the kuril dhagun team in fun-filled family activities!

On Wednesday 9 Jul, The Library Cafe will also be hosting the launch of a new mini EP, No More, from Torres Strait Islander musician Getano Bann.

Head to to check out other great events in your area and to find out how you can be a part of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations.

Image: At the Cultural Precinct stall for Musgrave Park Family Fun Day, 2013. Photo by Annie Te Whiu.

Isaiah-Turia.152520.jpgDeadly Stories in the field
Wujal Wujal

kuril dhagun’s Deadly Stories team has been back on the road for the past couple of months, teaching community members how to capture stories digitally. The videos are then added to SLQ’s collections.

The team, Mitch, Pip and Lisa, have recently run workshops in Oakey (Toowoomba) and Cairns, and are off to Wujal Wujal next week.

Read about their adventures on the Indigenous voices blog.

Image: Isaiah Turia, Shari Hollingsworth and Matilda Sweeney on set for Isaiah’s film.

Say g'day in an Indigenous language

Say ‘g’day’ in an Indigenous language

To help raise awareness and promote the use of Queensland’s Indigenous languages, SLQ and Yugambeh Museum are inviting schools, organisations and individuals to learn to say ‘g’day’ in their local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. Check out our online resources to discover your local Indigenous language.

Plus, visit kuril dhagun’s Reading Nook from Saturday as the latest featured language, Yuggera, is introduced. In this dedicated family space, learn the Yuggera language names of different parts of the body, or use the interactive Binabar Books to read stories aloud.


Silly Birds

New children’s Indigenous books
Available now from the SLQ Shop

Visit the SLQ Shop to discover our extensive range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander books for both adults and young readers.

Newly arrived are gorgeous children’s Indigenous titles Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood, the beautifully illustrated story of a young warrior born to lead, and Silly Birds, a charming Aussie fable about respect and choosing friends wisely.

Check out these titles and more in the SLQ Shop online, or visit the Shop on level 1 of SLQ for our full range of books, gifts and stationery.

Image: Cover (detail) of Silly Birds by Gregg Dreise.

David Gulpilil in 'Charlie's Country'


Ticket giveaway!

Win one of five double passes to the compelling new Australian film Charlie’s Country, starring screen legend David Gulpilil as the eponymous Charlie.

Frustrated with the failures of the government intervention and the ‘whitefella’ laws enforced in his remote community, Charlie takes off to live the old way and embarks upon an extraordinary journey that leads him full circle.

To be in the draw, email communications with ‘Charlie’s Country’ in the subject line, and your full name, contact number and postal address in the body of the email. Entries close 4pm Friday 4 July.

Charlie’s Country is in cinemas from 17 July.


Community news
Black History Month with Brisbane City Council
1 – 31 July 2014

Image courtesy of Brisbane City Council and Nguin Warrup.

Each year in July, Brisbane City Council hosts Black History Month, a program of events that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples’ heritage, history and future.

Come along to a cultural showcase of exhibitions, lectures and performances — covering everything from photography and art to history and children’s storytelling.

For the full calendar of events across Brisbane head to

Image: Courtesy of Brisbane City Council and Nguin Warrup.


Camoan Princess Sana Sola, SLQ negative number 67272.

Dreaming of Shared Histories: Torres Strait and Pacific Islander stories
Sat 5 Jul, 2pm | Logan Central Library

Join Sylvia Nakachi and Uncle Thomas Sabasio at Logan Central Library next weekend to hear stories of Pacific Islanders in the Torres Strait over the centuries.

Hear about princesses, pirates, missionaries and more… with a uniquely Logan perspective. Places are limited so book now to reserve your seat.

Image: Samoan Princess Sana Sola, wife of Frank Jardine, ca. 1875, SLQ negative number 67272.

Calling Queensland’s Indigenous artists!
EOI applications close Tue 16 Sep, 5pm

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dedicated Memorial Committee Queensland (ATSIDMCQ) is seeking artists’ Expressions of Interest to create a public art memorial commemorating Indigenous servicemen and women.

The proposed work should be an artistic expression of our time that symbolises the Australian navy, army and air force, and represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

For more information or to apply, head to

State Library of Queensland | Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane
Open daily 10am – 5pm (until 8pm Mon-Thu)
P: 07 3840 7666 | E: marketing

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