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NAIDOC Award finalists include CDU researchers

By Leanne Miles

Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka is a finalist in the Elder on Country Award Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka is a finalist in the Elder on Country Award

Two prominent Indigenous researchers at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University have been listed as finalists in the NAIDOC 2015 Awards (Darwin). 

The awards recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, scholars, sportspeople, elders and community members.

A part-time Senior Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka is a finalist in the Elder on Country (Female) Award.

Ms Guthadjaka is a senior elder from Gäwa, a small homeland community on Elcho Island in north-east Arnhem Land. She is passionate about not only preserving traditional knowledge, but also sharing this knowledge with the greater global community.

Working as an educator since the mid-1960s, her research spans Warramiri language, knowledge, culture and country, and more widely, Aboriginal education, both-ways education, spirituality, identity and ceremony.

Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr (Payi) Linda Ford is a finalist in the Caring for Country Award.

Dr Ford is Aboriginal and identifies as Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu, from Kurrindju, on the Finniss River, Northern Territory.

Dr Ford graduated with a PhD (Education) in 2006 from Deakin University. She understands and is familiar with Indigenous epistemological practices and its application to her research projects. These have allowed her to engage with Aboriginal people and their communities.

The winners will be announced at the Top End NAIDOC Ball and Awards event on Saturday 11 July.