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Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait

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Classroom resources

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Mystery object - Torre Strait Islands

What is this mysterious object? Learn about Torres Strait Islander history and culture and find clues about this object's use and cultural significance.

For 7-12 year olds.

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Sabai Island canoe

Use traditional fishing practices to catch fish, turtles and dugong from your Saibai Island canoe in preparation for a traditional Torres Strait Islander feast.

For 8-12 year olds

Collection highlight

A brown coloured fibreglass mask with red plastic eyes. An octopus design is incorporated into the nose and mouth area with legs forming a beard. The ears are decorated with white linear designs and earrings made of beads and feathers. The nose is decorated with white linear designs, [cassowary] feathers and two white painted nose ornaments. The hair is made from natural fibre and rope.

Sugu Mawa (Octopus Mask) artwork

A powerful expression of artist Alick Tipoti's Torres Strait Islander heritage. 'Suga Mawa' is on show in Lag | Meta | Aus.