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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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Content project manager Benita Tunks shows community members from Arnhem Land around the Museum’s Open collections, in the First Australians gallery.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.


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Content project manager Benita Tunks shows community members from Arnhem Land around the Museumâs open collections

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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

15 Oct 2014

Dieri visit to Open Collections

A man examines a number of wooden objects behind a display case.
From 17 to 19 September, more than 20 members of the Dieri Aboriginal community, a group from the Cooper Basin region of north-east South Australia, visited the National Museum of Australia. The Dieri people arranged the visit so they could view cultural material derived from their country that resides within the Museum.

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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