Hello & Welcome to Culture Aware

Our mission is to raise awareness around the issues of Native Cultural Appropriation.

What is Culture Aware?

Culture Aware is designed to support and encourage managers and organisers of venues, events and festivals in their understanding of the importance of local native protocol and lore, monitoring event content to be in right relationship with the local indigenous people.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

The 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Ceremonial Pipe Bundle

PROTECT. PRESERVE. CELEBRATE.

24th April, 2018

Delta Kay – Culture Aware Statement

“I’m speaking as an Aboriginal woman, a descendant of the Arakwal Bumberbin clan of the proud Bundjalung Nation.

It is time to take a stand with native nations across the globe to move beyond colonialism. The colonisation of native peoples globally has incited the endless theft of our mother lands, resources, the assimilation of native communities, our way of life, culture and more recently, the theft of native traditions.

It is time to reclaim and protect our cultural heritage, to protect and preserve our ancestral lands, sacred sites and unite our community. This must be done by “us” the native people, we have the wisdom and teachings in us from our Elders and ancestors to enforce our lore, L.O.R.E, to protect our culture, country and community…..”

CULTURE AWARE STATEMENTS

Culture Aware Official Statement

There is a strong movement globally within traditional native cultures, to reclaim and preserve their culture, to protect their ancestral lands and to unite their communities. Culture Aware is a grassroots organisation focused on helping support Spiritual Leaders and...

Aunty Delta Kay

"I’m speaking as an Aboriginal woman, a descendant of the Arakwal Bumberbin clan of the proud Bundjalung Nation. It is time to take a stand with native nations across the globe to move beyond colonialism. The colonisation of native peoples globally has incited the...

Byron Bay Community Centre

"The Byron Community Centre welcomes and supports traditional peoples reclaiming their culture and protecting their ancestral lands. As a grassroots organisation we want to encourage a greater understanding and respect for first peoples, their lands and their culture....

THE PROCLAMATION

In an effort to curb exploitation and abuse of Native ceremonies, Chief Arvol Looking Horse with the support of many Elders released The Proclamation for the Protection of Ceremonies in March of 2003.

The Proclamation is still very relevant today as we come closer to reconciliation with First Nation People. It is time to step into right relationship with the land and the true custodians and acknowledge their requests to honour their ways with respect.

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