The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will observe NAIDOC Week July 6-13. NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
The Kluge-Ruhe Collection will fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags throughout the week. On Friday, July 11 there will be a drop-in family art activity from 10:30 am to noon. Participants will learn about the printmaking process and the significance of the Aboriginal flag while creating their own woodblock print to take home. Aboriginal musician Cameron McCarthy will demonstrate the didjeridu and other musical instruments beginning at 1 pm.
On Saturday, July 12, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will host a flag-raising ceremony at 10 am followed by a free, guided tour of the exhibitions Art and Country and We Are Tiwi. Cameron will provide a program of didjeridu and Aboriginal instruments at 11:30 am. All NAIDOC Week programs are free and open to the public.
Cameron McCarthy is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji people on his mother’s side and the Mbabarum, Mamu and Yidinji people on his father’s side. He is an accomplished musician and dancer, having performed with the Naroo (Ngaru) Dancers in Sydney, the Naringeri Narunga Dreaming Dance Group at Ayers Rock Resort in Northern Territory and the Tjapukai Dancers at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns, North Queensland. Cameron relocated to New York in 2001 where he has been performing as a freelance artist and has established himself as a didjeridu player, dancer, public speaker and artist. He is a Cultural Affairs Officer for the Australian Consulate General in New York.
For more information please contact the Kluge-Ruhe Collection at 434 244-0234.