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

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 posing for photo with Nubian craftswoman.
Lee-Ann meeting a Nubian craftswoman, West Aswan, Egypt. 17 July 2018. Credit: Anna Chrisp, DFAT.

Lee-Ann’s final stop in Egypt reinforced the message of NAIDOC Week and contemporary Australia to hundreds of people, from Nubian musicians and entrepreneurs in the far South, to Cairo-based artists, archaeologists and students, to refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan. Lee-Ann’s messages about valuing and preserving culture, embracing diversity and multiculturalism and about women as community, leaders were well received.  At the Grand Egyptian Museum, seeing ‘boomerangs’ or Egyptian ‘throwing sticks’ from Tutankhamun's tomb left her speechless.

Lee-Ann, trying out traditional weaving on a Nubian loom.
Lee-Ann, trying out traditional weaving on a Nubian loom, West Aswan, Egypt. 17 July 2018. Credit: Anna Chrisp, DFAT.

Last Updated: 26 February 2019
A gentleman holding the throwing sticks and showing them to Lee-Ann.
Inspecting 3,500 year-old Egyptian ‘throwing sticks’ discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb, during a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. 15 July 2018. Credit: Carlo White, DFAT.
The throwing sticks in a glass case.
Inspecting 3,500 year-old Egyptian ‘throwing sticks’ discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb, during a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. 15 July 2018. Credit: Carlo White, DFAT.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags beind carried through the Museum.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were carried through the Egyptian Museum in Cairo following a lecture on Indigenous heritage by Ms Lee-Ann Buckskin, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts. Photo credit: Jane Smythe