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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.

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.

Dieri representative William Dawson talks with curator Barbara Paulson in Whyalla, South Australia, about the skills and work involved in making Dieri shields.

Photo: Jeremy Lucas.

Two people examining indigenous artifacts.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.