8 November - 15 November

NAIDOC Week 2020

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Welcome to NAIDOC Week! This year’s theme, Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. The South Australian Museum is proud to share our NAIDOC Week program, celebrating the wonders of the longest continual cultures on earth.


Women’s Work

6 November – 6 December | Museum Main Foyer

Women’s Work celebrates the diverse and often unheralded leadership of Aboriginal women in our community. This exhibition of photographs by renowned photographer Wayne Quilliam, curated by the Museum’s Rebecca Richards, represents a way of honouring Aboriginal Australians, as we collectively begin to define a shared vision of a national day that is worth celebrating together. NAIDOC Week provides just such a time of universal celebration in which all Australians can honour our shared heritage and celebrate the oldest living culture in the world.


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Young Explorers

From Sunday 8 November

Available online

Niina marni! Young Explorers is celebrating NAIDOC Week this year with some special guests! We have a big welcome from Kaurna man Mickey O’Brien and Dr Jared Thomas teaches us about the many uses of woomeras, or spearthrowers, and some Nukunu words. Check out our Young Explorers playlist for more videos on minerals and science, as well as our videos about Aboriginal Cultures. All our videos are captioned so you can say the words along with Emma, Stephen, Pinko and their special guests.

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First Nations Authors in Focus: SA Museum Storytime

Tuesday 10 November, 11am-2pm | Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery

In celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, join us as we shine a spotlight on First Nations writers in South Australia! Come along and listen as Museum staff read aloud their favourite children’s books by First Nations authors including our own Dr Jared Thomas, William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Material Culture. Dr Thomas has authored several highly successful young adult books including the Game Day series with NBA star Patty Mills.


Readings will take place in the Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery. While you’re here, take the opportunity explore the gallery showcasing one of the most important collections of Aboriginal material culture in the world. Readings will be on the hour from 11am to 2pm in the gallery.

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