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30 June 2004

One of Australia's newest National Living Treasures, Jimmy Little, will talk about his remarkable musical career — and his recent kidney transplant — to launch NAIDOC Week celebrations at the National Museum of Australia.

Jimmy will be joined in public conversation with journalist and actor Rhoda Roberts at the National Museum this Sunday, 4 July, which marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week.

The talk is the latest in the National Museum series, Celebrating Australians, and sets the scene for a week of indigenous performance, storytelling, film and dance.

'The National Museum's Gallery of First Australians remains one of our most popular galleries - and NAIDOC Week is a great chance for Australians to share this rich indigenous culture,' said program coordinator Denise Fowler.

The Museum's 4-11 July program includes:

  • Stories of Indigenous Repatriation with Michael Pickering, the National Museum's Repatriation Director, on the return of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remains.
  • Indigenous Short Film Festival by filmmakers from across the world, for 18+
  • Behind-the-scenes indigenous tours with curator David Kaus, leading visitors through the vast collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects not currently on display.
  • Children's writing workshops with Northern Territory author Pilawuk, who will share her Dreaming stories and writing techniques.
  • The Wombat Wobble Show, an interactive family presentation with Aboriginal storytelling, music and dancing, presented by Canberra theatre company, Shades of Brindle.
  • Boomerang and clapstick making with Phillip Brown from Reconciliation Australia.
  • Traditional storytelling with contrasting Aboriginal storytellers from Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri, Ngangiwumerri-Ngangikurrungurr and Kabi Kabi country.

Jimmy Little's conversation with Rhoda Roberts takes place in the National Museum's SAS Visions Theatre from 2-3pm on Sunday, 4 July. Media are welcome.

For interviews, images or a full list of NAIDOC Week programs please contact Public Affairs Director Martin Portus on 02 6208 5351, 0409 916 481 or

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