Here at Yarn, we love that through our platform we are able to share stories about First Nations art, culture and events with you. It's amazing that everyone loves learning and engaging with our blog posts. Today, we are going to share 4 of our most viewed blog posts from this year so far. We’d like to say a huge thank you to you all for supporting the blog and taking a keen interest in First Nations art, fashion, culture and community.
The Traditional Owners of Morningside, Brisbane
Yuggera Country. Courtesy of NITV, 2020.
It’s so important that we acknowledge that the land on which we live and work always was and always will be Indigenous land. Our Yarn office is located in Morningside, Meanjin (Brisbane). The Turrbal and Jagera peoples have lived in this region for more than 32,000 years and their ancestors go back more than 60,000 years. In 1999, the Turrbal peoples Native Title claim - in the Meanjin area from the North Pine River, extending down to the Logan River and inland as far as Moggil - was accepted. This was an incredible moment and achievement in Australian history as it was the first Native Title claim over a city. To learn more about the Indigenous history of the Meanjin area check out the full article here.
10 Indigenous Australian Films to Watch
Satellite Boy. Courtesy of ACMI, 2021.
At Yarn, we’re always keen to spotlight various forms of First Nations art on our blog. In this article, we featured some incredible Indigenous films. The Australian film industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with Indigenous producers, directors, writers and actors coming to the forefront to share their unique stories with the world. Movies such as ‘The Sapphires,’ ‘Bran Nue Dae,’ ‘Satellite Boy’ and ‘Top End Wedding’ have captured the hearts of mainstream Australia and beyond. For more incredible movie recommendations, check out the full article here.
The Platform that allows you to Hear 50 Everyday Words Spoken in Australian First Languages
50 Words Project Interactive Map. Courtesy of 50 Words Project, 2021.
Over time, awareness of the incredible diversity of First Languages within Australia and their significance to the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have increased. There were once 250 distinct First Language groups in Australia, whereas today there are only 120 that are still spoken and they are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on (La Trobe University, 2020). The 50 Words Project is a platform created by the University of Melbourne that allows you to hear 50 everyday words in First Languages within Australia. The platform was revamped as a part of NAIDOC 2020 and now features 60 languages. This incredible website provides all Australians a way to connect with Indigenous culture and serves as an important form of cultural preservation. You can learn more about the project here.
Mima’s Nan’s NAIDOC Story
Mima wearing her Yarn Walu-ma-rra NAIDOC Polo and her Nan dressed up for a NAIDOC luncheon. Courtesy of @mima_cristy, 2021.
As a part of celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021, we asked some of our beautiful supporters what NAIDOC means to them. Our incredible brand ambassador and supporter Wiradjuri woman Mima sent through a story about her Nan that we believe is really important to share. This story is an important reminder of the terrible injustices that took place not that long ago. Mima’s Nan and her family’s story sends a message of incredible hope, strength and resilience. As Mima says: ‘love conquers all.’ You can read the full beautiful story here.
We hope you enjoyed browsing through these stories. Please do get in touch if there’s any specific content you’d like to see more of on the blog. We are passionate about writing articles that connect with our audience and help the broader Australian community learn about the diversity and vibrancy of First Nations art and culture.