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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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Curator Peter Thorley on the Northern Territory and West Australian border.

Photo: Pip Deveson.


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Curator Peter Thorley on the Northern Territory and West Australian border.

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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

17 Oct 2014

Ngambri custodian Paul House welcomes PM and other dignitaries to 'Defining Moments' launch

A man at a lecturn. The Australian flag is displayed in the background
Ngambri custodian, Paul House, on behalf of Ngambri-Ngurmal and Ngunnawal-Wallabollooa Aboriginal peoples of the Canberra region, welcomed guests in to the launch of the Defining Moments in Australian History project. The event took place on Friday 29 August 2014 at the National Museum of Australia.

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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

'Yungulu panungku milya-pinyi nyarrpa-manu kujalu-jana yapa-patu kardiyarlu makiti-kirlirli ngurra nganimpa-nyangurla.
We want everyone to know what the whitefellas with rifles did to Aboriginal people in our country.'

Theresa Ross, Warlpiri woman, 2007