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Warupaw uu (The Echo of the Drums)

Portrait of Marau with ceremonial drums

MusicTorres Strait Islander culture

3 Aug 2018 Rita Metzenrath

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. 

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A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story

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

MusicCollection

27 Jul 2018 Rita Metzenrath

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.

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

Man & Women (vases)

CollectionArtefact

15 Jul 2018 Sally Brand, Kerry Reed-Gilbert

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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Reading Room Display: The Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection

Kerry Reed-Gilbert

CollectionArtArtefact

29 Jun 2018 Sally Brand

A new display has opened in the AIATSIS Reading Room featuring Aboriginalia from the Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection.

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Photographing large paintings in the Stanner Room

Nathan Dukes and Colin MacDougall

CollectionDigitisationArtArtefact

19 Jun 2018 Colin MacDougall

Now that four of the largest paintings in the AIATSIS Collection have been digitised, we have extremely detailed, colour accurate digital reproductions preserved for the future. 

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Indigenous Languages in Australian Parliaments

Tyronne Bell, Jai Bell, and Glen Freeman help Malcom Turnbull to give an acknowledgement of country in Ngunawal.

Indigenous languagesLanguageIndigenous Australian LanguagesHistoryResearch

21 May 2018 Jacqueline Battin

As a part of AIATSIS’ Ngunawal Revival Project, we assisted in writing an acknowledgment of country in Ngunawal, which PM Malcom Turnbull has said in Parliament. But on what other occasions have Indigenous Australian languages been used in Parliament?

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Fight for Life: The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers

Pencil drawing of Ceduna Fun Fair layout

CollectionJusticeHistory

14 May 2018 Rita Metzenrath

Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived 7 stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers provide an insight into how this was achieved.

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Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos

Alick Jackomos 1948

CollectionHuman rightsReserves and missions

1 May 2018 Ewan Maidment

Merle and Alick Jackomos have a long connection with AIATSIS. Upon hearing the news that the Jackomos family home was being sold, the Institute contacted Merle and Alick’s daughter, Esmai, to make arrangements for the preservation of her parents’ papers. 

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Finding families on film

CollectionStolen GenerationsNational ApologyFilmPhotography

3 Apr 2018 Kelly Wiltshire

This year marks 10 years since the National Apology to Australia’s Stolen Generations, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report and over 30 years since the Stolen Generations were documented in two AIATSIS films.

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From Art Petition to the People's Movement for Reconciliation

Sea of Hands

ActivistsCollectionWik caseSeaofHandsPetitionsReconciliation

10 Nov 2017 Rita Metzenrath

How did a colourful sculptural installation that started as an innovative form of protest transform into an enduring symbol of Non Indigenous community aspirations to be reconciled with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?

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