A picture tells a thousand words and our favourite instagrammers do just that. We have curated our favourite individuals and businesses whose instragram pages we follow religiously and hope you will too.
Our absolute favourite! We are saving up to purchase a piece of this submine furniture. Actually this isn't furniture, It's ART
Managuan Furniture was established only two years ago, Manapan translated means coming together. Manapan employs 12 local indigenous men and women who work in conjunction with a leading furniture design company in Melbourne. Crafted from Darwin Stringybark and other Australian natural materials these bespoke pieces should sit it in every Australian consul around the world, government departments across Australia and pride of place in your home.
Hoping they do layby :)
Working with Australian Indigenous artists to create fabrics, wallpapers and soft furnishings for residential and commercial interiors we love Willie Weston.
Willie Weston is a social enterprise that works with Aboriginal artists across Australia. Willie Weston pays artists for each metre produced, providing ongoing income streams outside their main art practice. In doing so, they support the continuance of art production, and contribute to viable livelihoods, in communities across remote Australia. Artists that collaborate with Willie Weston come from Indigenous countries of Ampilatwatja, Manyjilyjarra, Kartujarra, Putijarra, Warnman and Martu Wangka to name a few.
Kirtsy Leigh Young's photography is a world unto themselves. Kristy takes us on adventures that give us insights into the fascinating culture, stunning landscapes and everyday life of the people and places of the Torres Strait. Be an armchair traveller and look forward to an Instagram hit from Kirsty.
They tell the stories of foragers around the world. With many Indigenous contributers to this site makes this Instagram page a go to for amazing stories of people who want to share their knowledge of native food. We love all the content that is contributed from the over 69,000 members all around the world, especially the recipes!
Travel to Groote Eylandt to see Australia’s hidden treasures.
Fact: One of the world’s premier game fishing destinations
Fact: They keep saltwater crocs for pets
Fact: Many-millennia-old cave paintings
Fact: On our bucket list
Founder of Strong Brother Strong Sister Aboriginal youth mentoring company providing 1:1 mentoring and creating culturally safe spaces for our youth
"Strong Brother, Strong Sister is a culturally appropriate safe place for Aboriginal young people to access and thrive. The structure and programs within the space guide, mentor and empower Aboriginal young people to achieve excellence. The outcomes from these programs not only guide, mentor and empower Aboriginal young people, they also improve Aboriginal young people’s health and wellbeing"
Cormach's sense of social justice, pride in culture and cheeky personality makes his Instagram page one of our favourites.
Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Law and Culture Centre
Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Law and Culture Centre in Balgo, Australia is a key provider of ancient Indigenous philosophy, ceremonies and practice.
We so want to go on this journey where we can join Aboriginal Women Elders on their Women's Law Ground for six days and nights where we are immersed in cultural training and Women's Deep Ceremony.
On these guided journeys you can learn to Connect with Self, Kin, Country and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming/Universal Life Force).
Mobile Language Team
Established in 2009 The Mobile Language Team to provide resources for Aboriginal languages in the South Australian Region. The team aims to document Indigenous languages with the goal of revitilising local Aboriginal dialets. They have a fantastic online resource where you can listen to local indigenous languages.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
"A movement that celebrates life, creativity and country."
"Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council created to enable women in remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art.
Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kms across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia. Tjanpi field officers regularly travel to these communities and purchase artworks from the artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops and facilitate grass collecting trips. These trips also allow a number of other cultural maintenance activities to take place.
Tjanpi also runs public weaving workshops, a public gallery in Alice Springs, it regularly exhibits work in national galleries right through to facilitating commissions for public institutions and collectors." https://tjanpi.com.au
Aboriginal Model Search
Iniatated by Indigenous Connection Organisation, they have created professional courses to help Indigenous youth with personal developement. Aimed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men and women realise and develop their confidence and see the beauty for who they are.
"We don’t just teach our talent how to present themselves on the outside, but give them the tools to nourish their body, mind and spirit from the inside" Indigenous Connection Organisation
A simple idea with such a strong message. Kurdiji 1.0 is an app being developed by local Warlpiri elders. Western medical interventions had not stopped suicides in the community so elders came together and said: "enough is enough". The ideas of Kurdiji belong to an initiation ceremony of the same name. For most of Aboriginal history, these ideas were only accessible through Kurdiji ceremony or directly from elders in the community. Warlpiri people are changing their laws, giving wide public access to these ideas to save lives.
Warlpiri elders have partnered with clinical psychologist from the black dog intitute, experienced technologists and photographers and have used the GOfundme platform to raise $240,000 to develop this app.
Fact: Since using these traditional methods there has been no suicides in this community since 2005
Bush Medijina, use the knowledge that has been passed down through the women in their communities. From Mamarra (Small Leaved Paperbark) and Mawilyaburna (Liniment), Merrika (Broad Leaved Wattle) and Dumburumba (Native Sandalwood), Mamaburra (Wild Peach Tree), Yilyakwa (Sugar Bag) and Angarrakaka (Jungle Currant) the women produce everything on country to make a fantastic range of body products. Part of their vision "is to support other women to become stronger in mind and body so that we can better deal with these challenges and be leaders and advocates for our communities."
We love this quote from one of these fantastic women;
“We are protecting our families using bush medicine. We need to keep working for our future generations and help our future kids.”
The Orana Foundation
The Orana foundation is the brainchild of chef JocK Zonfrillo. This NFP aims to work with Aboriginal Communities by creating a Native Australian Foods Database that will help stimulate Indigenous enterprise by researching, documenting, commercialising and promoting Australian native foods.
That Native Guy
His bio says it all: A page dedicated to sharing the beauty of Australian Native flora and showing people how adaptable they can be! Get involved!
Thanks to that native guy we know what cocky's tongue is, how to collect native seeds and we found out how a tree is worth over $190,000. His enthusiasm is infectious!