Editorial - July 5: Our history is a vibrant, living one

YOU hear it all the time when people return from visits to the Old Dart or anywhere in the northern hemisphere - that Australia just doesn't have the history that our European or Asian forebears so proudly celebrate.

It's true we don't have their grand built monuments to our ancient past, but we in fact have something much better - the cultural links to one of the world's oldest continuing civilisations.

This coming week is a chance for all of us to share in that vibrant living history.

NAIDOC Week might have a particular appeal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, but the reality is, it's open for all to enjoy.

There are football games, a flag-raising ceremony, performances, fun days, a golf tournament and even a ball but if something less structured appeals, you don't have to go far to soak up the NAIDOC spirit.

Simply go to any one of our glorious headlands and soak in the views or disappear into the bush and reflect on what the place we love to call home was like for the ancestors of the Gumbaynggirr nation who walked this way thousands of years ago.

Their history is our history.

It's dynamic, it's alive and it's deadly.

Graeme Singleton,
Editor



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