New Encounters Eleanor Bourke and Rodney Carter presentation
Wergaia woman Eleanor Bourke and Dja Dja Wurrung man Rodney Carter on the rights and responsibilities of traditional owners in Victoria, and the fight for the return of cultural materials, including a bark etching on show in Encounters.
Wiradjuri academic Sandy O’Sullivan on her research into effective representation and engagement of First Peoples in national museums and the difficulties that some museums have with ideas about identity.
A descendant of the Trawulwuy people of Tasmania, Greg P Lehman gives a history of the visual representation of Tasmanian Aboriginal people by colonial artists and examines JS Prout’s portraits of Aboriginal people at Wybalenna, Flinders Island.
Artist, writer and Aboriginal elder Patsy Cameron grew up on Flinders Island and traces her Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage through her mother’s line to four ancestral grandmothers. She examines JS Prout’s portraits of Aboriginal people at Wybalenna, Flinders Island, in 1845.
New Encounters Richard West Jr keynote presentation
Cheyenne Arapaho citizen and museum director Richard West Jr on the impact of repatriation legislation on museums and Native communities in the United States, and what that experience suggests for museums in the 21st century.
Distinguished First Nations people from Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia discuss the negotiation between their traditions and their place in the modern world. What role do museums and artefacts have in this negotiation?
Museum director Mathew Trinca on the strength and potency of objects in the Encounters exhibition, their impact on Indigenous and non-Indigenous people today, and how museums can empower Indigenous communities to manage collections.