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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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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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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

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