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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.

Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrick’s father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Queensland.

Photo: George Serras


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Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrickâs father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is  on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of 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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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

5 Nov 2014

The story behind an iconic image

A man pours sand into another mans hand in a symbolic gesture.
An historic and memorable image has featured prominently in the media in the days since Gough Whitlam's death.

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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

Passing Down the Knowledge

'Your father and kurdungurlu [ritual manager] give you a clue, they'll show you a drawing on the ground first. You know it because you've seen your father [in a ceremony] with that painting on his body. You'll see it, then you'll know it.'

Michael Nelson Tjakamarra, 1988