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Gangalidda and Garawa body ornament worn during ceremony

Manchester Museum returns ceremonial and secret sacred materials back to Traditional Custodians

4 Oct 2019

Manchester Museum and AIATSIS are pleased to announce the unconditional repatriation of 43 secret sacred and ceremonial objects.

Marcia Langton at the National Press Club in Canberra

'Innovation – Indigenous genius then and now’

27 Sep 2019

In the 2019 Wentworth Lecture Professor Langton examined several instances of ancient Indigenous knowledge and their relevance to modern...

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

In 2019 the world celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) Legal Workshop 2020

Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) Legal Workshop 2020

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

In 2020, AIATSIS will deliver the fourth annual NTRB Legal Workshop in Perth, Western Australia.

What is Yolŋu Sign Language?

Yolŋu Sign Language

23 Sep 2019

Yolŋu Sign Language is a unique, endangered sign language of the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem Land.

Conservation of Indigenous Language Cards

Conservation of Indigenous Language Cards

2 Sep 2019

The Ken Hale language cards in the AIATSIS Collection number over 3500 and help document various Indigenous languages from

AIAS.015.CS-000081131 - Painted dancers performing the first dance in a Bunggul performance

Treaty - Yothu Yindi

12 Jul 2019

'Treaty', by the band Yothu Yindi, was a worldwide hit and remains one of Australia’s most iconic rock songs. 

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