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.
Curator David Kaus and visiting Kokoberrin artist Shaun Edwards, from far north Queensland, examine a piece of fibre work at the Museum's Indigenous collections store.
Photo: George Serras.
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.
Exhibitions and galleries
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.
Latest from Goree
4 Mar 2015
Dialysis and bush medicine help combat kidney disease
A new collection is helping to tell the story of Western Desert people with kidney failure and the work of the Purple House medical service, based at Alice Springs.
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.
'Some Wandjina went under the land,
They came to stay in the caves
and there we can see them.
Grown men listen to their Wandjina.
Long ago, at another time,
these Wandjina changed the bad ones
into the rocks and the springs
we always drink from.
These places hold our spirits,
these Ungur [eternal Dreaming]
places of the Wandjina.'
Sam Woolagoodja, 1975