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Mudburra to English first dictionary to include Handsigns

22 Nov 2019

The Mudburra to English Dictionary was officially launched this week.

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.

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.

Upcoming events


2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

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


Ngulla Wellamunagaa

Ngulla Wellamunagaa celebrates the survival, continuity and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres...


Indigenous Art Market 2019

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

Yatdjuligin book launch

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Stanner Award

The Stanner Award

This award is presented biennially to the best academic manuscript written by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author.

W C Wentworth at the first Wentworth Lecture.

Wentworth lectures

Held biennially, the lecture encourages all Australians to better understand Indigenous studies and issues that go to the heart of our nation.

Last reviewed: 5 Aug 2019