People wander through the Melbourne Museum foyer during Naidoc week.

NAIDOC Week Family Day

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SPECIAL EVENT
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Celebrate the commencement of NAIDOC Week at Melbourne Museum with Welcome to Country on the Museum Plaza, events, performances and family activities.

Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.

The NAIDOC theme this year invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

"Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.

It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

Program

10am to 10:30am | Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony | Museum Plaza

11am to 3pm | Kooyang Eels | Birrarung Gallery, Ground Level | Maker Activity

11am to 3pm | Dancing Dragonflies | Science and Life Gallery, Ground Level | Maker Activity

12pm to 1pm | Performances | Main Foyer, Ground Level

1pm to 2pm | Gallery Tour | Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Ground Level | Tour

Dancing Dragonflies

11AM to 3PM | Science and Life Gallery, Ground Level | Maker Activity

A child holds their colourful dragonfly creation.
Learn how dragonflies are a barometer for the health of Australia's waterways while designing your own dragonfly to take home.

Discover the incredible Dancing Dragonflies that once shared Earth with the dinosaurs found throughout the Gandel Gondwana Garden. For First Peoples, dragonflies are an excellent bio-indicator of water health - their lifespan is intricately tied to water, meaning they need high water quality to survive to adulthood, they also indicate that Country is healthy and healing.

Kooyang Eels

11AM to 3PM | Birrarung Gallery, Ground Level | Maker Activity

Design your own Short-finned Eel then come see the real thing in Milarri Pond!

Create your own Kooyang | Eel (Gunditjmara) mobile. Kooyangs migrate from our freshwater rivers, creeks and lakes to the saltwater Country. They spawn in the coral sea near Vanauatu where they start their journey as young “glass eels” . You can find Short-finned Eels in the museum’s Milarri Pond.

Exhibitions

Biik Milboo Dhumba | Country Is Always Talking

9AM to 5PM | Forest Gallery, Ground Level | New Exhibition
For the First Peoples of Australia, Country is more than place. It describes a deep connection to land, water and sky, to animals and plants, to ancestors and to the wisdom of the land itself. Throughout the forest gallery, this new experience invites you to listen as Kulin Nations artists and Elders share stories about their personal connection to Country.

Piinpi – Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

Deadly Kween Jumpsuit designed by Teagan Cowlishaw

9AM to 5PM | Birrarung Gallery, Ground Level | New Exhibition
Piinpi showcases the rapidly-blooming field of First Nations fashion and wearable art from Bendigo Art Gallery. Piinpi is a word from curator Shonae Hobson's grandmother's language, a Kuuku Ya'u notion of seasonal changes across the landscape, a way of understanding Country, and fulfilling custodianship, care of the land and Community.

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