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Indigenous Public Diplomacy

2018 NAIDOC Speaker Series - Africa Regional Speaker Series Tour - South Africa

In Africa, DFAT's NAIDOC Speaker Series, "Because of Her, We Can' was celebrated with a regional public diplomacy tour from guest speaker Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, a Narungga, Wirangu, Wotjobaluk woman and Deputy Chair of the Australian Council for the Arts. Organised by South Africa, Ghana and Egypt posts Lee-Ann's tour formed a part of NAIDOC celebrations at the Australian overseas missions.

Lee-Ann standing next to a Nelson Mandela statue.
Lee-Ann visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Credit: Alan Yuen, Australian High Commission-Pretoria

Pretoria Post hosted the first stop of Lee-Ann's regional tour. The visit focussed on Indigenous engagement using art. Lee-Ann gave a keynote address at the Inaugural Arts and Health Summit, held in Bloemfontein.

In Johannesburg, she toured the Nelson Mandela Foundation's exhibition marking the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth, and participated in a roundtable dialogue on cultural identity with academics, civil society and Australian volunteers.

As Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Ms Buckskin demonstrated the significance of art and culture as a means to restore and maintain cultural identity.

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