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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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Content project manager Benita Tunks shows community members from Arnhem Land around the Museum’s Open collections, in the First Australians gallery.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.

A woman with a group of people points at objects contained in glass display cabinets.

Curator and repatriation officer Lee Burgess talking about bush tucker plants on Australia Day.

Photo: Heidi Pritchard.

A man holding a plant standing behind a table covered in various plants.

Jono Lineen, curator of the exhibition 'Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait', at the entrance to the Museum’s Torres Strait Islander gallery. The spectacular entrance to the gallery was inspired by the traditional dhari headdresses worn for dance and ceremonial occasions by Torres Strait Islander men.

Photo: Judith Hickson.

A man walking towards the camera. A large light fixture in the shape of a ceremonial headdress features in the background.

Curator Peter Thorley on the Northern Territory and West Australian border.

Photo: Pip Deveson.

Man standing next to a car, a large rock formation features in the background.

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 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.

Curator Jay Arthur in Kempsey with a group of Kinchela boys at the donation of the Kinchela gate to the National Museum (from left) Michael Walsh, Cecil Bowden, William Lesley, Ian (Crowe) Lawson and Manuel Ebsworth.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.

A group of people stand behind an old metal gate. The gate contains the writing "Boys Home".

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 Andy Greenslade and Uncle Seaman Dan enjoy a tall story with Karl Neuendfeldt at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2009. Uncle Seaman had just celebrated his 80th birthday and gave a special guest appearance at the fair's concert.

Photo: Pip McNaught.

Three people sitting in an outdoor setting talking to each other.