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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.

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

From the Museum

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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11 Dec 2014

Kintore kids visit the Museum

Twelve Pintupi students, their principal Nick Richardson, teacher Lauren Baird and Aboriginal assistant teacher Mimila Napangarti, from Walungurru School in the Northern Territory, visited the National Museum in Canberra on November 31 2014.

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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

'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