Australian Embassy Brings Aboriginal Art to Cambodia

Cambodians can delve into Australia’s rich indigenous culture after the Australian Embassy donated two books on Australian Aboriginal art to a university library.

Dave Gordge, the acting head of mission at the embassy, presented the books to the Hun Sen Library at the Royal University of Phnom Penh as part of NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginies an Islanders Day Observance Committee) this week.

Celebrations are held across Australia and the world every July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australia’s Aboriginal people arrived from Asia at least 50,000 years ago. They formed many different tribes and were largely nomadic hunters and gatherers.

Torres Strait Islander people first settled on islands north of the mainland, between the tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea, about 10,000 years ago.

Today most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in cities and towns, but many still live in rural and remote areas and follow traditional lifestyles.

Indigenous culture is diverse and strong and makes a vital contribution to Australia’s national identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contribute significantly across many fields including the arts, media, academia, politics, sport and business.