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Encounters

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Films

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.

My emu feather skirt: an ongoing tradition

My emu feather skirt: an ongoing tradition

Fernyhurst

Wendy Berick shares the significance and meaning of Dja Dja Wurrung ceremonial emu feather skirts.

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‘Larni Barramul’ possum skin cloak painting

‘Larni Barramul’ possum skin cloak painting

Fernyhurst

Drew Berick explains his painting Larni Barramul (Habitat of the Emu), which features a possum skin cloak, a clothing item that is especially significant to Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia.

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From Casino to the catwalk

From Casino to the catwalk

Richmond River

Casino Wake Up Time weavers Kylie Caldwell and Jenelle Duncan on their group’s woven and textile works going on show at Sydney Town Hall during the first Australian Indigenous Fashion Week in 2015.

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Growing up on the Tiwi Islands

Growing up on the Tiwi Islands

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.

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Made for a purpose

Made for a purpose

Flinders Island

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.

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Life and language

Life and language

Wagga Wagga

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.

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Scar trees

Scar trees

Fernyhurst

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.

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Noongar language

Noongar language

Perth

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.

Watch ‘Noongar language’