We stand on sacred ground – a quiz from traditional owners

July 10th, 2015  |  Published in Race(ism)



NAIDOC Week 2015 runs from Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and celebrates the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The national theme for 2015 is:

We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate


The origins of the week can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. It is now celebrated in the first full week of July.

Quiz from Blackfulla Revolution

The following quiz was put together by Blackfulla Revolution for NAIDOC Week this year. They describe it as “a citizenship test to see if people have knowledge and respect in order to have a true connection to our land.”

The full quiz, complete with images and multiple-choice answers, as published by Blackfulla Revolution and posted on the 2020socialjustice Facebook page, is embedded below, and you can also link to it here if you would like to test yourself before continuing to the condensed format provided in this post.

The quiz as presented here includes the questions in full, but only the correct answers rather than all the multiple-choice options (in most cases). I have slightly modified some questions to make them self-contained for current purposes (that is, independent of the full set of answers). Correct answers are shown following each question.

Quiz starts here (22 questions)

  1. In what state would you find the most Yamatji people? (Western Australia)
  2. What does Cronulla mean? (Place of the pink seashells)
  3. In what month is Mabo day celebrated? (June)
  4. What does NAIDOC mean? (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee)
  5. What colours are found in the Torres Strait flag? (Green, White, Black & Blue)
  6. What state or territory has the highest population of Aboriginal people? (New South Wales)
  7. Which of the following should never be eaten: emu, echidna, goanna? (They all taste great.)
  8. Who was the first Aboriginal to win an Olympic gold medal? (Nova Peris-Kneebone)
  9. Which of the following was NOT invented by Aboriginal people: didgeridoo, boomerang, modern mechanical shears? (They are all Aboriginal inventions.)
  10. Which of the following weapons is the fastest: round headed nulla nulla, flat headed nulla nulla, spear thrown by hand, spear thrown using a woomera? (Spear thrown using a woomera)
  11. How do Aboriginal people traditionally navigate on land? (Using song-lines thatnaidoc4 describe features of the land and environment)
  12. What did Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologise for? (Government policy of stealing Aboriginal children)
  13. What is Wave Hill Cattle Station most famous for? (Mass strike for land rights and working conditions)
  14. Which of the following people is NOT a famous Aboriginal person: Kyle Vander Kuyp, Danny Philip, Vincent Lingiari; Lance Franklin? (Danny Philip)
  15. Which of the following is NOT an Aboriginal language group: Arakan, Waripiri, Arrente, Wiradjuri? (Arakan)
  16. Who is on the back face of the Australian $2 coin? (Gwoya Jungarai – 1928 massacre survivor)
  17. Which 3 (of the following 6) countries are closest to Australia: Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, East Timor? (Papua New Guinea, Indonesia & East Timor)
  18. Which sport did the first all Aboriginal sports team play internationally? (Cricket)
  19. In Canberra, what protest site has been running for over 40 years? (Aboriginal tent embassy)
  20. Which of these place names is NOT an Aboriginal word: Canberra, Geelong, Dubbo, Bendigo? (Bendigo)
  21. Which of the following is NOT true? (See original quiz for complete set of answer options) (Correct answer: It is NOT true that ownership of Australia to the crown of England was officially made legal in 1901.)
  22. What does an Aboriginal baby sleep on? (A coolamon)

Link to the original quiz here

And here again is the link to the quiz complete with images that are themselves an education and inspiration: http://www.buzzfeed.com/pemulwuy/indigenous-republic-of-australia-citizenship-tes-pz24


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One comment on “We stand on sacred ground – a quiz from traditional owners”

  1. Judith R Norris says:

    i awoke to see a program of white woman on an estate in toowoomba: but my heart and spirit felt something else about the land; and i know it is of aboriginal people, so i googled and yes…aboriginal people were and still are…first natiion people of AUSTRALIA.

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