Its NAIDOC Week from 8th - 15th November here in Australia. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Week celebrations are held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This years theme is Always Was, Always Will Be. which recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week here at Black Pepper, we have released our Jijaka Desert Wind Bandana. This Indigenous design features the beautiful colours of the Australian earth and if you look closely you can see the tracks of the Kangaroo and the Emu around the watering holes. The backing fabric is a burnt orange, the vivid colour of the Australian desert, earth and Uluru.
Jijaka is the Indigenous word for Kangaroo and the art tells the stories of desert and coastal tribes who have lived on the Australian continent for more than 40,000 years. Their corroborree ceremonies trace the ancient Dreamtime journeys of spirit ancestors, as they travel the vast Australian landscape.
Black Pepper Dogwear acknowledges the traditional owners of the country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. To learn more about NAIDOC week visit www.naidoc.org.au