Rise! Rise! To arrive! at Nayri Niara’s NAIDOC Week Celebration

A diverse program of Indigenous musical, culinary and cultural activities is planned for Nayri Niara’s upcoming NAIDOC week celebration.

The Indigenous social enterprise is hosting its annual event at the Longhouse in Nipaluna (Hobart) this Sunday from 12-6pm.

Founding Director, Yorta Yorta, Ruth Langford, said this year’s NAIDOC theme is closely tied to Nayri Niara’s core values.

“I love this year’s theme, Get Up! Get Up! she stated.

“For us (Nayri Niara) it’s about saying come to our house, come spend a Sunday afternoon with our crowd and see the diversity of our incredible ways of being and knowing and being immersed in the generosity of our people.”

A smoking ceremony is held during Nayri Niara’s (Fiddle & Spoon) NAIDOC 2021 celebration.

The all-Indigenous lineup includes Tasmanian Indigenous artists Jay Jerome, Dewayne Everettsmith (Palawa-Pakana), Madalena, Uncle Doug and Warren Mason (Yuwaalaraay).

“We have a mix of First Nations lineages from all over Australia (who occur), mainly Tasmanian Palawa-Pakana families,” Ms Langford explained.

A panel of guest speakers, including members of the Palawa/Pakana mob, Uncle Jimmy Everett and Theresa Sainty, alongside Jenny Weber of the Bob Brown Foundation, will discuss the anti-protest laws that were recently passed by the lower house of state parliament.

“For us, it’s really important to raise awareness that Indigenous people have not only worked on the front lines of activism, but have also sought to use creative, spiritual and sacred activism, to ensure that we have positive societal changes,” Ms Langford said. .

Palawa-Pakana man Legana Hughes will be hosting a recycled fashion show, where customers are encouraged to come in their deadliest recycled clothes or buy some from one of the Blak stalls on the day.

Mr Hughes said fashion was an effective way to express cultural identity.

“For me, fashion is my identity,” he said.

“That’s how I want the world to look at me, fashion is a way to present yourself without having to say a word.

“You can tell the world your personality just by the type of clothes you wear. It’s also a way of expressing yourself.”

A variety of cultural activities will also be offered as part of the celebration, with several geared towards youth and children.

The traditional dance will be taught by Palawa-Pakana man Nathan Pitchford, who will lead a dance workshop followed by a fire-lit Q&A.

Wurruman woman Nerissa Fenton will host a bush food thread where the use of ingredients endemic to Tasmania will be discussed.

Ms. Fenton will also lead a workshop on the Aboriginal tradition of basket weaving.

A creative table will host several Indigenous artists throughout the day, including Palawa-Pakana woman Takira Simon-Brown, who will host a screen printing workshop.

A number of businesses will be on hand to form “Blak Stalls,” where Indigenous arts, crafts and clothing will be offered for sale.

Moviegoers will be offered the chance to view several First Nations short films, with various titled screenings throughout the day.

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