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Community engagement

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Kenny Brown, Tiwi elder and artist, Melville Island, Northern Territory.


At the core of the Encounters project is a program of extensive Indigenous community engagement across Australia. Museum staff worked with and recorded elders and cultural knowledge holders from 27 communities where objects from the exhibition originated.

This provided many communities with an opportunity to learn about these objects and their underlying histories. Reconnecting people with these aspects of their cultural heritage has prompted discussion about the Indigenous legacy of first encounters with British settlers.

Kenny Brown explains how a tunga (bark basket) is made and used.

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