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Our people

WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 bush tucker plants on Australia Day.

Photo: Heidi Pritchard.

A man holding a plant standing behind a table covered in various plants.

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.

Community visit by elders Marcia Jerry (Girramay) and Carol Chong with curator David Kaus. They are viewing a collection item from far north Queensland's rainforest areas, in the collection Access room at Mitchell.

Photo: George Serras

Two women and a man examine an indigenous bark shield.