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Encounters

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


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.

Objects in museums

Objects in museums

Cairns

Mandingalbay Traditional Owner Kay Mundraby in Yarrabah, north Queensland, shares her thoughts on the display of cultural materials in museums.

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Our amazing objects

Our amazing objects

Cairns

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.

Watch ‘Our amazing objects’

Keeping culture strong

Keeping culture strong

Adelaide

Kaurna Miyurna man Dennis O’Brien talks about what Kaurna cultural materials, such as the murlapaka (shield) and wirri (marriage stick) currently in the British Museum collections, mean to the community today.

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Making artefacts in the home

Making artefacts in the home

Adelaide

Kaurna Miyurna elder Uncle Steve Goldsmith shares his thoughts on the importance of making traditional cultural materials at home today.

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I have always lived on country

I have always lived on country

Birregurra

Gulidjan and Gudabanud elder Aunty Edna Arnold shares her family history.

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Living in two worlds

Living in two worlds

Birregurra

Wadawurrung man Sean Fagan talks about the meaning of his malka (shield), which was displayed in the Encounters exhibition. Sean has always been passionate about woodcarving and his talent is an ancestral inheritance.

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Gunditjmara country and the National Museum

Gunditjmara country and the National Museum

Warrnambool region

Teresa Coverdale, a Gunditjmara Elder, introduces us to her country in south-west Victoria and talks about the significance of a Framlingham Mission hut built by her father, Bill Edwards, in the Gallery of First Australians at the National Museum in 2000.

Watch ‘Gunditjmara country and the National Museum’

A hard story to tell

A hard story to tell

Flinders Island

Jilian Mundy, a palawa woman from Tasmania, shares her positive feelings about the representation of Tasmanian Aborigines in the Tasmanian Museum and gallery.

Watch ‘A hard story to tell’