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From relationship podcasts to unforgettable reads: A guide to all the best First Nations content.

January 26 is a day of mourning. 

For Australia's Indigenous people, it is the date that commemorates over 150 years of misery and degradation placed upon the original habitants of this land since invasion. 

While many may use the national 'holiday' to soak up some sun, enjoy their time away from responsibilities and engage in jovial banter with mates - for many others, it is a day to remember all that has been lost on this land.

Cultures, languages, land, religions and above all else - over 190,000 Blak lives, and even more since 1920.

We'd like to pay homage to the original custodians of this land and offer a myriad of ways you can support them and their content in 2022. 

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Here are some of Mamamia's top picks.

Podcasts 

No Filter

No Filter, with Narelda Jacobs. Image: Mamamia. 

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For the next two weeks, Whadjuk Noongar journalist and presenter Narelda Jacobs is guest hosting Mamamia's podcast No Filter, where she has candid conversations with interesting people who have fascinating stories to share.


Pretty For An Aboriginal

Pretty For An Aboriginal. Image: Buzzfeed. 

Hosted by Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell, they've endeavoured to have conversations most are too uncomfortable to speak about. From sex and relationships to dating and race, Tapsell and Lui are here to be your guides. You can listen to Pretty For An Aboriginal here. 

Coming Out, Blak

Coming Out, Blak. Image: Instagram @comingoutblak 

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If you'd like to hear fascinating, enthralling and educational stories from within the First Nations and LGBTQI+ communities, Coming Out, Blak is the perfect listen. Hosted by Courtney Hagen and Matika Little, Coming Out, Blak endeavours to share the stories you need to hear. Listen to it here. 

That's Incredible

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Mamamia's That's Incredible is the perfect listen for parents and kids. It's packed with incredible facts and fascinating stories about the world around us, and one of our favourite episodes happens to be 'The Story Of The Great Emu in the Sky'. 

First Nation Australians have occupied the land for over 65,000 years and have long used storytelling as a method to get messages wide and far. On this episode, host Andrew Daddo welcomes author of the Bush Mob series Helen Milroy and Aunty Clair Jackson who tells the tale of the great emu in the sky. You can listen to the episode here for yourself. 

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Music

Triple J: Blak Out. 

Blak Out, Image: Triple J. 

Every Sunday, Triple J delivers great tunes from Indigenous artists. Hosted by Corey Webster AKA Nooky, he promises to "serve more heat than nan’s curried sausages". 

From artists such as Trials to Briggs, Blak Out features new releases, exclusive interviews and the greatest "slappers" from Indigenous artists. 

You can tune in every Sunday from 5pm here

Spotify playlists

A wealth of talented artists all release their music on the streaming platform Spotify, and it's no secret some of the best music can be found on undiscovered playlists. 

The Sound of Indigenous Australians may just have some of the best tunes you simply haven't heard yet. 

From rap to traditional music, plenty of talented Aboriginal Australians can be found here.

TV

NITV

National Indigenous Television (NITV) is an Australian free-to-air television channel that regularly promotes and amplifies the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Founded in 2007, NITV regularly rakes in two millions viewers per month. If you're looking for a new flick, original show or documentary - NITV is a great source of entertainment. 

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If you're after something to read

From funny to sad, heart-wrenching and utterly beautiful, here are some of Mamamia's top reads by Indigenous authors. 

The Yield by Tara June Winch

The Yield. Image: Penguin Random House Australia.  

Bindi by Kirli Saunders

Bindi. Image: Magabala Books. 

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Fire Country by Victor Steffensen

Fire Country. Image: Hardie Grant Travel. 
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. Image: Black Inc. 

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Blakwork by Alison Whittaker

Blakwork. Image: Magabala Books. 

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Social media accounts

Clothing The Gaps

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Clothing The Gaps unite and educate through fashion and cause. You can follow their Instagram to buy their original pieces or as a guide for helpful educational resources. 

Haus of Dizzy

Haus Of Dizzy creates bold, colourful and unique handmade jewellery with thoughtful and creative designs. 

Yarli Creative 

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Yarli Creative specialises in contemporary Aboriginal art, greeting cards, activewear and more. 

Indigenous X

Indigenous X amplifies the voices of Blak people and often aids those who may not understand Indigenous history by informing them through helpful and simple methods.

Do you have any recommendations you'd like us to add? Let us know in the comments below. 

Feature Image: Instagram @HausofDizzy, @NareldaJacobs.