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The Best Indigenous Artists and Activists You Need to Follow

Redfern Mural

January 26th is a contentious date in our history. While it’s a cause for celebration and getting on the beers for some, for many others its a time of reflection and mourning over the loss of culture and family. As the Change the Date movement continues to swell, a lot of non-Indigenous folks are seeking to broaden their understanding of the topic at hand.

If you feel a bit out of sorts with the correct terminology, find yourself at odds with your mates, or are just looking to fill your feed with some more inspirational Indigenous artists, activists, and educators, this is the place for you.

We’ve compiled 12 of our favourite Indigenous thought-leaders to help you learn your way through some of the challenges and conflicts that January 26th brings up and support Indigenous causes and people – not just on this date but the whole year-round.

While you’re probably already across Baker Boy and Senator Briggs, give these guys a follow to sharpen up your social media intake.

Blak Business

Blak Business

Blak Business is your go-to for all things easy explainer. Run by Koori woman Olivia, the feed is full of useful squares laying out in simple terms complex topics like “what is change the date and abolish the date all about?”. It’s a perfect example of social media put to best use.

Race Matters

Race matters

Race Matters is a weekly show on Sydney’s greatest audible asset, FBI Radio. Hosts Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis get into it on thorny topics from across the race spectrum and features inspiring guest artists, musicians, and creatives. It’s a fiery, no holds barred discussion to get you amped for the revolution.

Amy McQuire

Amy-McQuire

Amy is a freelance writer and journalist currently undertaking a PhD looking at media representations of violence against Indigenous women. A proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in Central Queensland, Amy runs a Substack newsletter where you can get her thoughts and ideas straight to your inbox.

IndigenousX

IndigenousX

IndigenousX is an Indigenous-owned and operated, independent media, consultancy, and training organisation founded by Gamilaraay man Luke Person. Their website features deep thought pieces on the hot topics of the day like “Do Monuments Hold Any Value?“. It’ll get you thinking for days on end.

Thea Perkins

Thea Perkins

Grand Daughter of the late, great Indigenous activist Charlie Perkins, Thea is an artist focusing on family to beautifully capture quiet moments and memories. She was a finalist in the 2019 Archibald Prize and the recipient of The Alice Prize National Contemporary Art Award and the Dreaming Award for Emerging Art at the Australia Council First Nations Arts Awards. She also had a hand in restoring the 40,000 Years mural in Redfern.

Seed Mob

Seed Mob is an activist movement of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for campaigning for Climate Justice. You’ll find them at protests and community action gatherings as well as online bringing attention to climate injustice through the lens of Indigenous history and culture.

Luke Currie-Richardson

Luke Currie-Richardson

A seriously talented photographer, Luke Currie-Richardson takes passionate self-portraits and documents Indigenous resistance. Often his work is accompanied by heart-felt personal essays and reflections on the experiences of being Black in Australia. Well worth a follow.

Aretha Brown

Aretha Brown

One of those people who make you reflect on your own achievements in life, Aretha Brown is an activist and artist creating beautiful gem works and stark black and white cartoon-like pieces representing indigenous struggle. Oh, and she’s also the former Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament.

Australian Indigenous Fashion

AIF

A great spot to see some of the breadth of Indigenous fashion designers and creatives across the country. Recently reposting stunning work from individuals, they also host interviews and discussions with designers and let you know where all the upcoming Indigenous fashion events are happening.

Blackfulla Bookclub

Blackfulla Bookclub

Another great spot for refining your artistic side. Blackfulla Bookclub is a wealth of info on podcasts, writing opportunities, and, of course, books. Have a scroll and you’ll quickly have a whole bunch of new additions for your reading list.

Tradingblak

Trading Blak

A collective of Indigenous-owned businesses like Nungala Creative, they do a tonne of work to support Indigenous businesses and shed light on creatives working in fashion and design.

Nessa Turnbull Roberts

Nessa Turnbull Roberts

Finally, we’ve got Nessa Turnbull Roberts, who, if you didn’t know, is at the heart of the Indigenous resistance movement in Sydney and speaks regularly at gathers and protests. She’s a writer and advocate while maintaining her studies and was recently featured in  Marie Claire‘s December 2020 magazine.

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