As Mt Barney Lodge gears up for our first NAIDOC celebration it beckons the question; What really is NAIDOC and why is it so important to be involved?
NAIDOC commenced in 1975 as a week-long celebration. This celebration is quite the contradiction from 1938, when it was once the day “Day of Mourning”. On January 26th, the first Day of Mourning, a group of Aboriginal men and women protested the treatment of their people at the Australian Hall in Sydney. The event was of paramount significance as it was the 150th anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet. The acronym stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and the celebration is virtually always referred to as NAIDOC. Each year the celebration has a theme, however the week always highlights the key aspects of culture, achievements of Indigenous peoples, future progress, history, and truth.
A common value shared by Mt Barney Lodge with the indigenous culture is our strong love for the earth and the knowledge that we should all care for it. NAIDOC week is the perfect time to learn more about Australia’s incredible culture – the oldest enduring culture in the world – and to gain the new knowledge and growth that comes with seeing a new perspective or way of life.
2022’s NAIDOC theme is Get up! Stand up! Show up! This year’s NAIDOC theme is an invitation to take action. The official NAIDOC website says, “We need to move beyond just acknowledgement, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments. Enough is enough.” Mt Barney Lodge is not only holding an inaugural NAIDOC celebration this year but including all elements of the theme into everyday business actions. This new cultural awareness is being assisted through a partnership with Yarriba, which is a new cultural business led by a local indigenous man, Kruze Summers, or Gurruhman. We are partnering with Gurruhman to provide a brand new Yarriba Dreaming 3-day cultural tour. He is an inspiring guide who generously shares his culture with us.
Yarriba Dreaming is a 3-day retreat at Mt Barney Lodge which combines a variety of experiences and workshops to craft a truly unique and rewarding multi-day cultural journey. Some features of the tour involve interpretive bushwalks, creative, traditionally inspired art session and an array of authentic Indigenous demonstrations and practices such as indigenous totems, demonstrating the didgeridoo, bushtucker and bushcraft skills. The tour is also fully catered and includes homestead accommodation, allowing you to be completely free to immerse in the cultural experience. Cultural tours, such as Yarriba Dreaming foster diversity and contribute to keeping Aboriginal culture alive and thriving. The tour encourages participation in the sharing and learning about culture – this year’s theme; Get up! Stand up! Show up!
Check out our online calendar to see when our next Yarriba Dreaming tours are running, and book your place!