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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 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.

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.

Minang elder Harley Coyne in Albany speaks with content project manager Benita Tunks about the Encounters project.

Photo: Sonja Balaga.

An elderly man with a crutch in one hand leans on a monument whilst the woman on the right is holding a camera.

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 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.

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.

Abe Muriata talking with curator Jay Arthur at the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre in Cardwell, North Queensland for the Encounters project.

Photo: Michael Pickering.

Two people sitting on chairs. They are surrounded by artwork in display cases. A camera and operator can be seen in the foreground.

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.