Caution: This website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Tudu, Torres Strait
Influential Torres Strait leader Maino first met visiting anthropologist Alfred Haddon in 1888. Explore how their cultural exchanges helped the British to learn about the richness of Tudu culture.
Discover Maino’s gift
Watch this video where Magan man Ned David says: ‘The artefacts … and a number of other things that that old fella [Maino] had given to Haddon … you can’t place a value … on how important it is for us.’
Activity: Brainstorm with a friend your thoughts about why these artefacts are so important to Ned David and his family.
Dangal (dugong charm)
Activity: The dugong charm pictured above is designed to help in dugong hunting endeavours. Do you have a lucky object or charm? Draw and write about it, or design a lucky charm for an activity you enjoy.
Activity: Make your own woven fish from coloured paper after watching the weaving activity video inspired by our Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait exhibition.
Activity: Draw a map of the Torres Strait Islands. Include and identify Tudu, Mer and Erub. See if you can also find Possession Island. This is where in 1770 James Cook declared the continent ‘terra nullius’ and claimed the land for the British King. Our Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait website is a good starting point for this activity.