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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 with Aunty Patsy Cameron, who was being interviewed as part of the Encounters project, at Tomahawk, Tasmania. November 2013.

Photo: Michael Pickering.

Two women talking. A white SUV can be seen in the background.

Curator Jono Lineen with the Torres Strait Islands component of the On Country photographic exhibition, showcasing contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices across Australia.

Photo: Judith Hickson.

A man stands next to a gallery wall featuring a number of large photographs.

Content project manager Benita Tunks shows community members from Arnhem Land around the Museum’s Open collections, in the First Australians gallery.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.

A woman with a group of people points at objects contained in glass display cabinets.

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 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

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 and Uncle Seaman Dan enjoy a tall story with Karl Neuendfeldt at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2009. Uncle Seaman had just celebrated his 80th birthday and gave a special guest appearance at the fair's concert.

Photo: Pip McNaught.

Three people sitting in an outdoor setting talking to each other.

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.

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.