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The Deadly Indigenous Australians You Should Be Following

There’s some serious talent in Australia, especially from Indigenous Australians.

It’s about time we gave them the credit they deserve.

And, frankly, there’s no better time to start than National Reconciliation Week – beginning today (and which will finish on June 3).

So, to give you a little push, here are some of my favourite Indigenous Australians to keep up with – whether they’re musos, fashion designers, artists, or social justice warriors. Check them out.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait readers must be warned that the following content may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

Tiddas 4 Tiddas (@tiddas4tiddas)

Two Kamilaroi/Dunghutti women, Marlee and Keely Silva have created an Instagram account that’s all about celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Tiddas4Tiddas is an incredibly uplifting storybook, a gallery of empowering real stories of Indigenous female greatness – from young women to Indigenous elders, from the city to the outback.

 

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These tidda girls have come from Normanton, Coen, Mornington Island, Mareeba, Cooktown, Old Mapoon, Hopevale, Wujal Wujal, Chinchilla, Yarrabah and Torres Strait Islands including Badu, Thursday Island, Mer Island, Warraber Island and Mabuiag Island to live at the NRL Cowboys House in Townsville – a purpose designed, culturally respectful and supportive facility giving students from remote and regional North Queensland communities the opportunity to access the school of their choice. Over the weekend they had an amazing experience with @pilgrimsailing around Magnetic Island where this shot was taken! The commitment the NRL Cowboys Foundation is making to our young men and women with the house is exciting and inspiring to us – we’re excited to hear more stories come out of there about these sissys and what they do with their education! Thanks to one of our followers and foundation Board Member Karen for sharing this with us! Always feel free to DM us your stories! To find out more about how you can support NRL Cowboys House, visit https://www.cowboysfoundation.org.au/ @nqcowboys @nrlcommunity . . . . #tiddas4tiddas #cowboysfoundation #nrlcowboyshouse #aboriginal #torresstraitislander #indigenouswomen #indigenousaustralia #inspiring #school #education #girlssupportgirls

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They’ve gained such widespread popularity, they’ve collaborated with Kristie Dickinson, the creator of my next fave…

Haus of Dizzy (@hausofdizzy)

Fashion. Colour. Political suckerpunches. Look no further than Haus fo Dizzy. The jewellery brand by ‘Queen of Bling’ Kristy Dickenson offers some of the brightest, boldest jewellery you will likely ever see. These eye-catching earings and accessories (stickers, anyone?) have some seriously funky designs and political undertones that’ll keep you woke and in aesthetic heaven. I love when fashion looks bomb and sticks it to the man.

 

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Catch HOD today at Blak Dot Artists markets!!! I’ll be here till 5pm 🖤💛❤️

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Australian Indigenous Fashion (@ausindigenousfashion)

While we’re on the fashion train, I’ve got to shout out this account. A collection of some of the best wearable art from Indigenous designers and brand, created and managed by Dunghutti/Anaiwan woman Yatu Widders-Hunt, this account has curated a space to feature Indigenous designers and creativity. And honestly, there’s so much #fashun. Sustainable materials, intense colour, traditional art, and contemporary flair, this is an account for the fashion fan.

 

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They’ve opened my eyes to a whole wardrobe of other Indigenous designers like:

Arkie (@arkiethelabel)

Arkie Barton (an Indigenous artist-turned-designer from Brisbane) created a fun, fresh, and unique label for young women. Her pieces feature hand-drawn prints that are colourful and contemporary (whilst also heralding traditional art) that are ethically made – so you can look good and feel even better for helping the environment. It’s a win-win!

Baker Boy (@dabakerboy)

Oh yeah, the ‘Fresh New Prince of Arnhem Land’ himself. Not only is he a ripper musician – delivering some seriously good-listening hip-hop (a la his bops ‘Cool As Hell’ of ‘Mr La Di La Di’) – raps in Yolngu Matha and English, a mad dancer; but he’s also a great role model. His music (and Insta, for that matter) encourage black pride, power, and positive role models, and reminds us of the struggles of Indigenous youth and of trying to Close the Gap.

Clothing the Gap (@clothingthegap)

Aboriginal-owned, Australian operated, this brand not only fits the minimalist aesthetic that we all love, but it’s doing some serious good in trying to Close the Gap. Absolutely 100% of the profits from the sales of their t-shirts, beanies, totes, and Frank Green keep cups go toward supporting Spark Health Australia’s health initiatives in Aboriginal Communities. Give them some love, maybe even buy a shirt that feels good in every way.

 

Thelma Plum (@thelmaplum)

Another musician who, if you haven’t already listened to yet, you must jump on the bandwagon. Thelma burst onto the Unearthed scene in 2012 and has continued to soar with her latest releases (from last year’s Hottest 100 #79 ‘Clumsy Love’ to her most recent ‘Better in Blak’). Out of the studio, she’s just as brilliant – as documented by her Instagram – and she’s blazing a trail as a role model and leader in her community (and for a whole generation of women and music fans).

That’s just a taste of the excellence that’s out there. We owe it to ourselves, and especially to the Indigenous Community to put in the effort to try and learn as much as we can about this diverse and rich culture – not just this week, but all the time.

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