Learn authentic African Hair Braiding with UQ African Students Association.

Braids have been impressionable throughout history. The origin of braids can be traced back 5000 years in African culture to 3500 BC—they were very popular among women. In many African tribes, braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe. Braid patterns and hairstyles were an indication of a person's tribe, age, marital status, wealth, power, and religion. Braiding was and is a social art. Because of the amount of time it can take, people often would take the time to socialise. Almost all women, children, and most men in some way had their hair braided. Rocking braids over the summer is common for tight curls but wearing them in the winter is essential. This is because cold weather can be damaging to our hair. The damp, cold season can leave our hair dry and brittle, which most times results in breakage. We hope this workshop will help others appreciate and learn more about braids and why they are essential in our culture.

Location

Workshop will be held in the Great Court, St Lucia campus

Registration

Due to safety reasons and in line with current guidelines, registration is essential for these workshops.

Select 1 of the following sessions (all sessions have a maximum capacity of 15 people):

  • 10.30am
  • 11.30am
  • 12.30pm

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About World Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

World Indigenous Peoples Day (9 August) was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).

Join the UQ community in celebrating both the traditional and modern experiences of Indigenous cultures from around the world.

On this day, people from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN’s message on the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples.

UQLife is partnering with Student Associations, UQ South Pacific Islander Association and UQ African Students Association, along with community partners to bring you a program of performances, workshops and delicacies throughout the day.

Registrations are essential for all workshops and places are strictly limited.

Check out the full program

Great Court, St Lucia campus

Time Session
9.55am Official Opening and Welcome
10am

Marvi Sunga
Performance

10.30am

Workshops

  • Hair braiding - UQ African Students Association
  • Bracelet making - UQ African Students Association
  • Pare Ei (flower crowns) - UQ South Pacific Islander Association
  • Lei - UQ South Pacific Islander Association

Registrations essential.

11am

African Drumming Workshop
Interactive African drumming, singing and dancing performance/workshop

11.30am

Workshops

  • Hair braiding - UQ African Students Association
  • Bracelet making - UQ African Students Association
  • Pare Ei (flower crowns) - UQ South Pacific Islander Association
  • Lei - UQ South Pacific Islander Association

Registrations essential.

12pm

Cutlural Performance
UQ South Pacific Islander Association

12.30pm

Jazz and Afro Beat Performance
UQ African Students Association

12.30pm

Workshops

  • Hair braiding - UQ African Students Association
  • Bracelet making - UQ African Students Association
  • Pare Ei (flower crowns) - UQ South Pacific Islander Association
  • Lei - UQ South Pacific Islander Association

Registrations essential.

1pm

Performance
Sione Haunga

5.30-7.30pm

BOY
Film Screening

Registrations essential

Online program

Time Event Location
4pm

Mu'ooz Cooking Class
Saba Abraham

Live on Facebook
6pm

Hula Active Cultural Dance Class
Pacifit Fitness

Registrations essential

Online Class via Zoom

COVID Safe Events

All events and spaces are operating in line with current guidelines. We ask that you please practice social distancing at all times.

You may attend an event or activity at a UQ location providing:

  • Have not been in close contact with an active COVID-19 case and are required to quarantine
  • You are feeling well and have not had a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, distorted sense of taste, shortness of breath, chills, vomiting or any cold/flu like symptoms within the last 24 hours.

Venue

St Lucia campus
Room: 
Great Court