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Caution: This exhibition and website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause distress to
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

On show until 28 March 2016. FREE.

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Encounters features rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum that were collected from 1770 onwards. This unique exhibition reveals the voices, emotions and stories connected to these powerful objects.

Where we are coming from

It’s important that things like these here are displayed and shown and talked about so that people do understand ... where we are coming from and how long we have been here. 

Ezzard Flowers, Menang Elder, 2012

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Bark etchings

In the 19th century, Dja Dja Wurrung bark etchings were collected and sent to the British Museum. Gary Murray of the Yung Balug clan of the Dja Dja Wurrung language group, talks about their significance.

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Top left image: Vernon Ah Kee, cantchant (shield) 2015 (detail, reverse view), depicting the artist’s great-grandfather, George Sibley. Collection: National Museum of Australia. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.