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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.

Content project manager Benita Tunks (right) meets community members in Kyogle as part of the Encounters project.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.

Five women standing in front of the brick wall of a house covered in climbing vines.

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.

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.

Move it Mob Style dancers Shari Togo and Ryka Satrick with curator Barbara Paulson after an Australia Day performance at the National Museum.

Photo: Jilda Andews.

<em>Move it Mob Style</em> dancers Shari Togo and Ryka Satrick with curator Barbara Paulson after an Australia Day performance at the National Museum.

Curator Andy Greenslade relaxing with Lola Greeno and Colleen Mundy at Larapuna in northeast Tasmania, after a weaving workshop for the Tayenebe weaving project. The project resulted in an exhibition, Tayenebe: Tasmanian Aboriginal Women's Fibre Work. The baskets were bought for the collections of the National Museum and Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery.

Photo: Julie Gough.

Three women sitting on rocks with the ocean 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 David Kaus at the launch of the Museum's exhibition, A Different Time: the Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903–1928

Photo: Lannon Harley.

A man standing in the middle of the Museum's exhibition, A Different Time: the Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903â1928

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.