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NAIDOC Week 2020 

Always Was, Always Will Be

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606, but that the very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples who have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
 
Explore our range of digital content for schools celebrating and acknowledging NAIDOC Week and our Indigenous history and culture. Take a digital tour exploring the history of Bennelong Point, tune in to a panel event for high school students featuring young Indigenous thinkers, or even get hands-on by trying out a damper recipe from head of First Nations programming, Rhoda Roberts. There's so much to share with your students this NAIDOC Week.


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Tune in for on demand tours and performances, book reads, and premieres. 
 

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Sovereign Ideas (Premiere) 

10am, Tuesday 10 November AEDT – Years 9 - 12 

Join a panel of iconoclastic young Indigenous Australian cultural thinkers and leaders including Emily Johnson, Corey Tutt, Lille Madden and DOBBY in this unique NAIDOC event for secondary school students. 

GODTET band lined up against blue brick wall

Guwanyi Walama: Kids Tour

WATCH NOW – Years 3 - 6

Join our Indigenous tour guides on a journey into the history and culture of Bennelong Point in this digital tour created especially for kids! This digital experience will deepen kids understanding of Aboriginal history in connection to the place where the Sydney Opera House now stands.

Illustration of Angie and her various belongings rotating around the moon

Badu Gili - Celebrating First Nations Culture

WATCH NOW – Years K - 12

Each night at sunset, Badu Gili would light up the eastern Bennelong Sail with ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection. As the lights are dimmed on the sails, we bring you Badu Gili to your classroom.

Young Indigenous girl holds mic, singing, pointing upwards

Indigenous Literacy Day 2020

WATCH NOW – Years K - 6

A very special digital event for early learners featuring Australia’s favourite pop star, Jessica Mauboy - in two Indigenous languages, Tiwi, Mangarrayi, and English. Plus share a book reading of Yu Sabi Densdensbad? (Can you Dance?) in Kriol, by Cheryl Lardy and in English by Justine Clarke, and more. 

Man dances out the front of the Opera House

Karen Manbulloo and Herbie Hancock read Moli det bigibigi

WATCH NOW – Years K - 2

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock joins Binjari author and artist Karen Manbulloo to read her book Moli det bigibigi (Molly the Pig), as part of the 2019 Indigeous Literacy Foundation’s Community Literacy Program.

Man dances out the front of the Opera House

Muggera Dance Party

WATCH NOW – Years K - 6

Hold your very own dance party with Daz and Jax Compton, stars of the popular TV show Move it Mob Style as you learn contemporary Indigenous and hip-hop infused dance moves.

DANCE RITES Online

11 - 14 & 21 November – Years 7 - 12 

Join us online for the heats and finals of the DANCE RITES competition as First Nations dancers from around Australia come together to share their cultural knowledge and compete to win.

Watch the two heats over 11 - 14 November, before the finals on 21 November.

Man dances out the front of the Opera House


Listen

The latest season of our kids podcast, Arty Farty, answers questions curious kids phoned us with. 

House Call podcast
Episode 1: Before the House with Rhoda Roberts

Years 2 - 6 

What was there, before the Sydney Opera House was there?
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful building with a funny-looking roof that existed in Sydney Harbour. Wait, that can’t be right. Tune into this episode to hear all about the rich Indigenous history that existed in Sydney long before the Opera House was built. 

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Try Rhoda Roberts' damper recipe. Rhoda is our Head of First Nations Programming at the Sydney Opera House and a proud member of Bundjalung Nation, Wiyebal Clan of Northern NSW and South East Queensland.

Savoury style damper recipe

Years K - 6

Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil – extra virgin is best 
  • Slice finely 10 olives (cut out the seeds)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Sesame seeds (as many as you want)
  • 3/4 cup milk or water 
Cooking method: 
  • Add all the dry ingredients together with olive oil and mix 
  • Start needing the bread and add the milk or water
  • When cooked in ashes you need to flatten the area with a flat stick; pat it down
  • Place the mixture for about 10 minutes on the ashes
  • Cover the whole damper and its top with the ashes and cook for about 20 - 30 minutes
  • You often tell when it's just right by tapping the damper and it will sound hollow. Suprisingly the ashes will brush off when it's ready.

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“I was taught to bake this by my grandmother in open coals... the best time to cook is after the fire has burnt down and its all the hot coals, and her secret was if sticky when kneading, add more flour so at the end you can hold it up and doesn't break.”

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