Author Archives: Sam Back

State Library celebrates NAIDOC

NAIDOC week is a a national time of celebration and commemoration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture, once recognised as the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) it is now held over a week (and sometimes longer!). The 2018 theme for NAIDOC is ‘Because of her we can!’ which was an … Read more

Apology anniversary event in Cairns

By Louise Hunter On Tuesday 13th February State Library of Queensland Cairns staff facilitated an event at Cairns Libraries to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Apology. The event was a collaboration with Cairns Regional Council, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Aunty Henrietta Marrie, … Read more

Welcome Christina Canendo

Welcome Christina Canendo Christina joins kuril dhagun from DATSIP for a transitional period at SLQ. Stop by and say hello next time you are here! Tell us about yourself? I grew up in Mt Isa and have lived in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and now Brisbane. I am a Mandingalbay Yidinji/Gunggandji woman from FNQ, with descendants … Read more

Welcome Jautia Cora

Jautia Cora joins kuril dhagun temporarily in the Program Assistant role. Come say hi next time you’re at SLQ. Tell us about yourself? Hi, I am Jautia pronounced (Ja-tee-ya). I am a proud Ugarapul woman who grew up in Logan and has recently moved back to country at Redbank. I have worked in Shopping Centre … Read more

Jabu Birriny (land and sea) exhibition at kuril dhagun

On Friday SLQ launched its latest exhibition in kuril dhagun, Jabu Birriny (land and sea). The showcase highlights the unique location and lifestyle of Yarrabah through depictive print works, weaving and ceramics along side digital stories from the artists.   Exhibiting artists Elverina Johnson and Aunty Philomena Yeatman joined us along with Yarrabah Arts and … Read more

Family History workshops

Knowing who you are and where your family or ‘mob’ is from, is integral to personal identity and well-being. Due to a history of forced removals, separation and dispossession, family history research and tracing family through archives and libraries is sometimes the only way that Indigenous people can piece together their family’s stories. In partnership with Community and Personal … Read more

CIAF 2017

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is an annual cultural event that showcases the art and culture of Queensland Indigenous artists. CIAF is uniquely (and proudly) QLD orientated and offers three days of visual art, music, talks, workshops, performance, theatre, fashion and food! Community Engagement Officer Kaylah Tyson and myself, Sophia Sambono represented kuril dhagun … Read more

Workshop series success

kuril dhagun wrapped up it’s first Indigenous Arts Business workshop series over the weekend. Inspired by the exhibition Barambah<>Cherbourg<>Art<>Craft, and the experiences of the Cherbourg potters when their studio and livelihood were lost when Government funding ceased, the series aimed to provide access to tools that can help fledgling businesses thrive. Developed in consultation with … Read more