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Family History Month

National Family History Month

3 Aug 2018

Did you know that August is Family History Month? AIATSIS’ Family History Unit helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and...

Elders Uncle Denis Walker, Uncle Daniel Boney, Uncle Marbuk Wilson, and Aunty Maureen Davis

Aboriginal Victoria census resistance and participation

2 Aug 2018

The latest edition of Australian Aboriginal Studies features research findings from La Trobe University about Aboriginal Victoria’s census...

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Portrait of Marau with ceremonial drums

Warupaw uu (The Echo of the Drums)

3 Aug 2018

AIATSIS highlights collection materials that document ways the drum embeds Torres Strait Islander identity and has acted as an agent of musical change in the sacred song repertoire in the Torres Strait Islands. The Collections cover the period 1920s-1995. 

Set designs for the Prologue and Act I, Scene 1, Artist and Set Designer: Gary Lee,  pen and ink, MS 5025, Series 3, Item 3, pg 2

A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story

27 Jul 2018

The Gary Lee collection: ephemera 1991-2012 contains a number of unique items relating to the play ‘Keep Him My Heart: A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story’. These include draft scripts, the original ink set designs, cue sheets and the art work for the promotional poster for the play.

Man & Women (vases)

A response to ‘Aboriginalia and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’

15 Jul 2018

A response to Dr. Liz Conor’s The Conversation essay ‘Aboriginalia’ and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’ by Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri elder and collector of Aboriginalia, with curator Sally Brand.

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"The role of AIATSIS is important because it is the major repository for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies ... to make sure not only that these things are preserved and maintained and looked after, but are available for future generations."

Professor Michael (Mick) Dodson AM, former Chairperson, AIATSIS Council