Wilpena Pound Resort is preparing for a week of celebrations commencing 3 July, to mark NAIDOC Week 2016, an annual event acknowledging the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Jointly owned by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and traditional owners – the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), Wilpena Pound Resort will mark this significant event in the Adnyamathanha calendar, with this year’s NAIDOC theme of ‘Songlines: The living narrative of our nation’, which holds great significance for the community.
Vince Coulthard, Chief Executive Officer of ATLA and Non-Executive Director of Wilpena Pound Resort, said, “NAIDOC Week is about showing respect for Aboriginal people, our culture and society and having opportunities to understand it better. This is an important celebration to strengthen our songlines and culture.”
To mark the celebrations, Wilpena Pound Resort will be hosting a week full of free activities, which will commence with a rousing Welcome to Country, followed by an explanation of what NAIDOC Week means to Adnyamathanha people.
Throughout the week until 10 July, visitors will have a chance to interact with members of the Adnyamathanha community through morning teas and sampling traditional camp cooking with damper, billy tea and a kangaroo cooked in the ashes.
Visitors will also be privy to the Adnyamathanha people telling stories about their land, beliefs and history as well as their perspective on wider Aboriginal culture. Guests also will have the opportunity to stargaze at the famous Adnyamathanha night skies over Wilpena Pound Resort with local Elders providing a fascinating education, which will continue through their music with one-of-a-kind performances.
NAIDOC Week follows a successful program of activities for National Reconciliation Week held in early June to highlight the contribution of reconciliation to the Adnyamathanha community and beyond.
Visitors to the resort were treated to a week of bush foods, music, talks and walks all geared towards providing a deeper understanding of Adnyamathanha culture and their experiences in reconciliation.