The theme of NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because Of Her, We Can’. We’ll be hearing from two influential storytellers, both Aboriginal women, who share about how Indigenous Australians have understood the mysterious workings of the land and the sky for tens of thousands of years.
We first meet Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman and astronomer.
D’harawal Dreaming Stories
Aunty Fran Bodkin is from the Bidigal clan of the D’harawal people in Sydney’s Southern basin. She is an author, botanist, educator and researcher. She’s also written the Encyclopaedia Botanica, a reference guide of over eleven thousand plants.
Aunty Fran also compiled the book D’harawal Dreaming Stories – an English translation of stories passed down by her mother. She reads the stories ‘How the White Waratah became red’ and ‘How the parrots got their colours’.
Music: ‘All Trees Are Clocks’ (excerpt) by Nemeton, ‘Birds of Hope’ by Dee Yan-Key, ‘Empty Trees’ (remix) by Ketsa
This week’s stories were produced by Allison Chan with help from Julieta Locane and Geneva Gilmour.
All The Best credits:
Executive Producer: Allison Chan
Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary
Host: Samantha Groth
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
SYN Community Coordinator: Jordan Fennell
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay
Music: ‘Discovery’ by Jon Luc Hefferman, ‘Mangata’ by Jon Luc Hefferman, ‘Ngabaju (Grandmother’s Song)’ by Kardajala Kirridarra