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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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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.

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.

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 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 Jono Lineen with an exhibit in the On Country photographic exhibition showing how Dhimurru Rangers in Cape York are fighting to save Cape York sea turtles.

Photo: Judith Hickson.

A man stands to the side of a video display depicting a man holding a sea turtle and egg.

Jean Barr-Crombie shares her family story, as illustrated by herself and her sister Joyce, with curator Barbara Paulson during a visit to Birdsville in Queensland.

Photo: Jeff Theys.

A woman standing next to a woman in a chair. The woman in a chair has a notepad and is taking notes.

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.

Kintore artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa (right) with curator Peter Thorley, looking at an image of Uta Uta Tjangala's 'Yumani' canvas, on the verandah of Ronnie's house, Kintore, Northern Territory.

Photo: Pip Deveson.

Two men examine a book depicting an artwork.

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.