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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.

Jean Barr-Crombie, curator Barbara Paulson and Betty Bunyan at the Dingo Caves on Wankangurru Country north of Birdsville, Queensland.

Photo: Jeff Theys.


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Jean Barr-Crombie, curator Barbara Paulson and Betty Bunyan at the Dingo Caves on Wankangurru Country north of Birdsville, Queensland.

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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MINMIN

27 Nov 2014

The Museum wins an APS Indigenous Employment Award

Left to right: Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Chair of the APS Diversity Council; MINmin coordinator Simon Goode; The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
The Museum, or rather its Indigenous staff network (MINmin), was one of only two agencies to be recognised in the inaugural Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Employment Awards.

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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

'Nganimparlu kapurnalu-jana manngu-nyanyirni taarnngangku-juku.
We will remember them always.'

Coniston Massacre monument, Northern Territory