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Curator David Kaus and visiting Kokoberrin artist Shaun Edwards, from far north Queensland, examine a piece of fibre work at the Museum's Indigenous collections store.

Photo: George Serras.


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Curator David Kaus and visiting Kokoberrin artist Shaun Edwards, from far north Queensland, examine a piece of fibre work at the Museum's Indigenous collections store.

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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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20 Oct 2017

Harvesting yams in Yolηu country photo essay

Yam harvest
The upcoming Midawarr | Harvest exhibition explores the plants of Yolngu country in north-east Arnhem Land based on works by artists Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley.

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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.


‘This is not just for the old culture. This is for the goin’ forward … It’s not going back to the ‘Stone Age’, it’s flowing our soul back to the Beginning, the Dreaming, being one with the Presence of the undying spirit.’

Kevin Gilbert, 1988