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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories

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.


Welcome to the National Museum of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program.

Curator Jono Lineen with the Torres Strait Islands component of the On Country photographic exhibition, showcasing contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices across Australia.

Photo: Judith Hickson.


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ATSIP Curator, Jono Lineen, examines the Torres Strait Islands component of the On Country photographic exhibition showcasing contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices across Australia.

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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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Goree

Goree looks at the activities and achievements of the National Museum of Australia as we engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their material culture, and share their stories.

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STORIES

13 Jun 2017

Nudging and shoving for change

Two men and a woman in a wheel chair, on a stage
The National Museum was honoured to host Professor John Maynard and Aboriginal rights activists Ray Peckham and Joyce Clague and their families for the launch of our new exhibition, A Change is Gonna Come.

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Did you know?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program’s web banners and the title of our 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.


‘Our story is in the land … it is written in those sacred places. My children will look after those places, that’s the law.’

Bill Neidjie, 1985