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Reflections on objects, museums, history and culture
In these films Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across Australia share their stories and knowledge about the objects in the Encounters exhibition. They also talk about museums, history and cultural identity.
Growing up on the Tiwi Islands
Luke Morcom, a Yanyuwa man from the Rrumburriya clan at Borroloola, shares his childhood memories of growing up on the Tiwi Islands, off the coast of the Northern Territory.
Made for a purpose
Theresa Sainty, a pakana woman from Tasmania, talks about the power of objects and how they should be kept in communities rather than museum collections.
Life and language
Wiradjuri elder Aunty Flo Grant on the strong cultural education she received growing up on the mission at Condobolin in central New South Wales, and her excitement about the revival of Wiradjuri language.
Local historian Paul Haw grew up in the Boort region of Victoria, Dja Dja Wurrung country and was surprised to learn, later in life, about the history of the land and the strength of the community. He is fascinated by the Dja Dja Wurrung landscape and shares his knowledge of scar trees, many of which pre-date colonisation of Australia.
Noongar elder Dr Richard Walley introduces the Noongar language and discusses the different ways that Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples understand and interpret cultural materials, while highlighting their shared significance.
Speaking and teaching Wiradjuri
Wiradjuri elder Uncle Stan Grant – a key figure in the revival of the Wiradjuri language – on the pleasure and importance of speaking and teaching his language, and the role that the Encounters project has played in helping to keep culture alive.
Objects in museums
Mandingalbay Traditional Owner Kay Mundraby in Yarrabah, north Queensland, shares her thoughts on the display of cultural materials in museums.
Our amazing objects
Yidinji Traditional Owner Theresa Dewar shares her amazement looking at images of Yidinji cultural material in the British Museum, and recalls her wonder at the finely crafted artefacts on display in the South Australian Museum.