July 2014

A little girl tries on a grass skirt as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.


This July, the Museum’s NAIDOC Week School Holiday Program celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The program provides an opportunity to showcase the Museum’s historical and contemporary objects and stories to our younger audiences. It also draws on the expertise of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to share their stories, histories, skills and achievements.  

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC is celebrated by Australians from all walks of life.


Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) Performances

7–11 July, 2pm (45 min duration)
Main Foyer, Ground floor
Suited all ages

Join the talented students from CASM as they perform a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music including blues, rock, country, reggae, jazz, classical, hip-hop and soul.

Workshop: Basket Weaving

7–11 July, 11am–2pm
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Level 1
Suited ages 5 - 12
Drop-in session, limited spaces

Learn weaving and coil techniques with Janice Rigney and Lorna Collinson from the Southern Elders Weaving Group. 

Eddie’s Story

7 & 10 July, 11am (1hr duration)
Main Foyer, Ground floor
uited all ages

Torres Strait Islander and anthropology student Eddie Peters will perform a beautiful theatrical piece, sharing his family story. His performance will illustrate how he was inspired by an anthropologist who visited the Torres Strait in 1888 and how this has shaped his own journey.

Art in the Archives

8, 9 & 11 July, 10.15am, 11am, 12.15pm & 1pm (45 min duration)
North Foyer, Ground floor
Suited all ages
Drop-in session, limited spaces

Create your own crayon records using archival crayon drawings by young Aboriginal artists as inspiration. The Museums Archive documents the past and contains records relating to the Museum’s objects, stories and collections.

Torres Strait Islander Design and Dancing workshops

7 & 10 July, 12noon & 1.30pm (1hr duration)
Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine
Suited ages 5-12
Limited spaces; bookings essential

Make a replica of a traditional grass skirt or headdress with Torres Strait Islander Eddie Peters. After, join Eddie in a Torres Strait Islander dance class.

Indigenous Film Festival for Kids

7-11 July
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery Exhibition Space, Ground floor
Suited ages 2-14 with session times for specific ages

Have a squizz at our fun film festival of Aboriginal short stories, documentaries and animations. Stay tuned - program details coming soon.

The South Australian Museum acknowledges the assistance of Black Screen, an initiative of the National Film and Sound Archive, and The University of Adelaide Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi for the provision of films.

Capturing the Collection

7–11 July, 10am–5pm
Main Foyer, Ground floor
Suited all ages

See this display of beautifully photographed objects on our giant touch screens and find out how the Museum is helping to make the Australian Aboriginal Material Culture Collection more accessible to Aboriginal communities, researchers and the broader public.


7–11 July, 10am–5pm
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Level 1
Suited all ages

Chill out in a relaxed space. Take the opportunity to read, play games and make music.

The South Australian Museum would like to acknowledge The Indigenous Literacy Foundation for providing books for KidSpace.

Self–guided Activity Trail

7–21 July, 10am–5pm
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Ground floor & Level 1
Suited ages 5+

Discover stories and objects from across the country in the Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in this self-guided tour through the gallery. Pick up a trail in the Main Foyer, Ground Floor.

Personal Stories and Symbols

8, 9, 11 July, 10.30am, 12:30pm & 2pm (1 hr duration)
Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine
Suited ages 5-12

Coby Edgar, an Aboriginal artist, will share stories about the deep understanding and connection Indigenous people have with their land, animals and plants. Children will then explore and record their own family stories. Children may like to bring along photos of plants, animals, people or objects that are important to them. Limited spaces, bookings essential.

Urban Street Art

7, 8 and 11 July, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2pm (1hr duration)
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery Special Exhibition Space, Ground floor
Suited ages 5+

Nish Cash will tell her life story as a young contemporary Aboriginal aerosol artist and arts worker of Jingili descent, who has grown up in an urban environment where the streets are the canvas and the walls tell her own stories from her life experiences. In this workshop Nish will teach children how to paint and tell their own stories. Drop in –places limited.

The School Holiday Program is generously supported by the Thyne Reid Foundation.