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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.

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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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STAFF NEWS

15 Sep 2014

Introducing new volunteer Caitlin Knight

A woman sits at a desk in front of a computer
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program's newest volunteer, Caitlin Knight, is helping staff at the National Museum with the Encounters project.

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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