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WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrick’s father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Queensland.

Photo: George Serras


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Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrickâs father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is  on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Queensland.

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Explore our exhibitions and online features on the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, enduring Indigenous attachment to country and contributions to Australian society.

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STAFF NEWS

27 Jun 2014

Farewell to staff

Two smiling women standing in front of a bookcase full of books and files.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program is farewelling valued staff members, intern Alana Garwood-Houng and specialist researcher Lily Withycombe. Both have been working with the Encounters project team.

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Did you know?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program’s web banners and online newsletter, Goree, were inspired by the bogong moth.

Goree means 'bogong moth' and historically, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples gathered at the site where the Museum stands in Canberra for an annual bogong moth ceremony.


Quotes

'Yungulu panungku milya-pinyi nyarrpa-manu kujalu-jana yapa-patu kardiyarlu makiti-kirlirli ngurra nganimpa-nyangurla.
We want everyone to know what the whitefellas with rifles did to Aboriginal people in our country.'

Theresa Ross, Warlpiri woman, 2007