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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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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, Andy Greenslade and Evelyn Omeenyo from Lockhart River in far north Queensland, visit Black Mountain Tower when Evelyn was in Canberra for the 2013 Selling Yarns conference.

Photo: Lannon Harley.

Two women standing at the lookout at Black Mountain Tower.

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.

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.

Jean Barr-Crombie, curator Barbara Paulson and Betty Bunyan at the Dingo Caves on Wankangurru Country north of Birdsville, Queensland.

Photo: Jeff Theys.

Three women standing on a ridge, the moon can be seen 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.

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 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.

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.