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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.


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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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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

5 Nov 2014

The story behind an iconic image

A man pours sand into another mans hand in a symbolic gesture.
An historic and memorable image has featured prominently in the media in the days since Gough Whitlam's death.

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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

Muralkarra (Crow)

Birrirra dordja
Garma bordja
Garanyula-nyula.
Warduba dirrbanga
Wandalanga
Gurta birriraia
Wak wak wak.

Crow rises to dance
Perched on Hollow-log Coffin
At his forest camp.
Crows of the Wardubalma clan
Dance like stars in the night sky
Calling 'Wak wak wak'.

From the Anbarra song-series Jambich
Transcribed and translated by Margaret Clunies Ross