AIATSIS welcomes Uluru climbing closure decision

25 Oct 2019

Craig Ritchie, the CEO of AIATSIS congratulates the Anangu on this momentous occasion for their people and culture.

Traditional Owners from the Aranda and Bardi Jawi Nations, representatives from AIATSIS and the Illinois State Museum

Aranda and Bardi Jawi representatives attend handover ceremony at the Illinois State Museum

24 Oct 2019

A handover ceremony in Illinois has signified the official repatriation of 42 culturally significant items to Traditional Owners.

Indigenous Art Market 2019

Indigenous Art Market 2019

Friday, 6 December 2019

Join us on the picturesque Acton Peninsula for the 2019 AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market.

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.

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



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