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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 Peter Thorley on the Northern Territory and West Australian border.

Photo: Pip Deveson.


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Curator Peter Thorley on the Northern Territory and West Australian border.

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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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19 Jan 2015

Pukatja pottery in Porcelain City

Ceramic pot

Earlier this year the Museum purchased Kungkarangkalpa Attila, a stunning ceramic pot that Derek Jungarrayi Thompson made in Jingdezhen, China.

The pot is currently on display in the New Acquisition case outside Circa until early 2015.

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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.


Quotes

'Some Wandjina went under the land,
They came to stay in the caves
and there we can see them.
Grown men listen to their Wandjina.
Long ago, at another time,
these Wandjina changed the bad ones
into the rocks and the springs
we always drink from.
These places hold our spirits,
these Ungur [eternal Dreaming]
places of the Wandjina.'

Sam Woolagoodja, 1975