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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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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 Jay Arthur speaks with Allan Oliver (left) and Hendrick Fourmile, in Cairns, August 2013, as part of the Encounters project. The interview was filmed by Sarah Scragg (far right).

Photo: Michael Pickering.

A group of people sitting in portable chairs in a shaded, grassed area. A video camera on tripod can be seen in the background.

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 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.

Magali Melandri, curator for Pacific Arts from the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, visits the National Museum's Mitchell repository with curator David Kaus.

Photo: George Serras

A man and woman examine a large piece of fabric.

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 and repatriation officer Lee Burgess with Yirandali objects on show in the Landmarks gallery.

Photo: Sandra Pilot.

A man leans on a glass display case containing a number of objects. A large windmill can be seen in the background.

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.