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Collection reflections

Collection reflections

The National Museum of Australia is inviting writers and artists to look closely at our collections to produce essays and artworks that suggest new ways of understanding Australia, other species, and ourselves.

Sugarbag bark paintings

Sugarbag Dreaming (detail) by Jimmy Wululu bark painting

Natasha Fijn is a researcher who explores rich connections between people and culturally significant animals. 

Natasha examines two bark paintings from the National Museum's collection to reflect on the cultural and ecological significance of sugarbag – the stingless bees, eucalypts, flowers, pollen and fire which are so important to the Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land.

Read 'In search of sugarbag' by Natasha Fijn

Genetically modified food and farming

Canola crop

Bethaney Turner is a researcher who explores relationships between people and food, from community gardens to global debates about food security.

We invited Bethaney to reflect on objects from the National Museum's collection that are associated with the relatively recent introduction of genetically modified canola varieties into Australian farming systems.

Read 'Reflections on a new technology' by Bethaney Turner