Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices

Listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories about the turtle, dugong, triggerfish, mussel shell, boobook owl, dolphin, swamp reeds, djan’djaries, welcome songs, missions and shadowboxes. These stories relate to objects and themes in various exhibitions at Queensland Museum South Bank.

Queensland Museum would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders who are the traditional owners of the countries now known collectively as Queensland.

01 Totol (Turtle)
Listen to Aunty Sarah tell her story about the totol (turtle)
02 Yun-Gun (Dugong)
Listen to Aunty Margaret tell her story about the yun-gun (dugong)
03 Un-gaire (swamp reeds)
Listen to Aunty Margaret tell her story about the un-gaire (swamp reeds)
04 Nageg (Triggerfish)
Listen to Aunty Sarah tell her story about the nageg (triggerfish)
05 Akul (Mussel Shell)
Listen to Aunty Sarah tell her story about the akul (mussel shell)
06 Boobook Owl
Listen as Kirsten tells a Stradbroke Island story about the boobook owl
07 Dolphin
Listen as Aunty Margaret tells her story about the dolphin
08 Myora (Mission)
Listen as Aunty Margaret tells her story about life at Myora Mission
09 Djan'djaris
Listen to Alex tell his story about the secretive beings, the djan'djaris
10 Ninnarmee (Welcome Song)
Listen to Alex tell his story about the Ninnarmee corroboree, a song often used today to welcome people to country
11 Shadowboxes
Listen to Alex tell his story about shadowboxes

Queensland Museum would like to acknowledge and thank the contributors and owners of these stories, as well as the members of QMATSICC (Queensland Museum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee) for their guidance and advice on this project.

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