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“Because of Her, We Can” – Celebrating NAIDOC 2018

22 November 2018

“Because of Her, We Can” – Celebrating NAIDOC 2018

In September 2018, The Embassy of Australia hosted artist, dancer, choreographer and activist Amrita Hepi – Bundjalung (AUS) and Ngapuhi (NZ). To celebrate NAIDOC 2018 and the theme “Because of Her, We Can”, Ms Hepi undertook a series of meetings, workshops, speaking engagements and performances in Washington DC, Charlottesville VA and Los Angeles CA. The 2018 NAIDOC theme celebrates the role of Indigenous women both in Australia and around the world. The  visit program highlighted Ms Hepi’s contribution as a young, First Nations artist to the importance of Indigenous leadership and contribution to cultural protocols, institution and collection management, presentation and research, policy making and caring for country, and funding models that support and enhance Indigenous cultural leaders.

The program included meetings and behind the scene’s visits with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Autry Museum of the American West, Fowler Museum at UCLA, National Endowment for the Arts, US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and attendance at the Chickahominy Indian Tribe Pow Wow. Ms Hepi performed her work AN OCCUPATION at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, and lead dance and cultural workshops at the University of Virginia and at a local DC Public School. She also lectured at Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service; Centre for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies.

The Embassy would like to thank the many institutions and individuals who hosted and welcomed Ms Hepi and assisted with this program.

Ms Hepi reflects on her visit in the video below.