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Our people

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Our people

Members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program team at the National Museum work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to collect, preserve and exhibit their stories.

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Assistant curator Jeff Theys (right) and Lee Burgess discuss a list of objects under consideration for a forthcoming exhibition.

Photo: Judith Hickson.

Two men sitting at a table talking. A number of papers and books are on the table.

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.

Two men examining a piece of fibre work over a large pull out drawer.

Curator and repatriation officer Lee Burgess talking about the wooden shields in the Museum's Open collections area.

Photo: Jason McCarthy.

A man standing in front of a wall covered in bark shields.

Elder Patrick Hume in Perth speaking with content project manager Benita Tunks about the Encounters project.

Photo: Songa Balaga.

A man and woman standing in a park examining vegetation.

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.

Three people with a dugout canoe.

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.

A man stands next to a gallery wall featuring a number of large photographs.

Curator Barbara Paulson interviews Dieri woman Evelyn Miklavec in Whyalla, as part of the Encounters project.

Photo: Jeremy Lucas

Two women talking, the woman on the left has her hand on the shoulder of the woman on the right. A boom microphone can be seen in the top of the photo.

Lorna Jackson and Vicki Nangala, granddaughters of Uta Uta Tjangala, with Peter Thorley at Kintore in the Northern Territory.

Photo: Pip Deveson.

Two women and a man standing in an open expanse of land. A number of houses can be seen in the background.

Curator Jay Arthur with Aunty Patsy Cameron, who was being interviewed as part of the Encounters project, at Tomahawk, Tasmania. November 2013.

Photo: Michael Pickering.

Two women talking. A white SUV can be seen in the background.