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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories

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Welcome to the National Museum of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program.

Curator Jono Lineen with the Torres Strait Islands component of the On Country photographic exhibition, showcasing contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices across Australia.

Photo: Judith Hickson.


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ATSIP Curator, Jono Lineen, examines the Torres Strait Islands component of the On Country photographic exhibition showcasing contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices across Australia.

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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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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

28 Aug 2015

Artwork by Paul Bong on display

Paul Bong

An etching by Aboriginal artist and printmaker, Paul Bong, a Yidinyji man from the Babinda-Gordonvale region south of Cairns, is now on display at the National Museum of Australia.

Crossroads is on show in Canberra until 11 October 2015.

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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