Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait

"Awakening" seeks to reconnect the spirit between people and their objects.


Cultural Advice: Visitors should be aware that the exhibition and website may include names, images and voices of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is our intention to tell these stories and use imagery with good faith and with respect.

"Awakening represents the grass-root people belonging to the Torres Strait"

Uncle Thomas Sebasio, Erub Island Elder, 2011

Several items were worn by men during fighting, to evoke fear and respect. These included Cassowary headdresses, ornaments of pearlshell worn on the chest, and stone headed clubs, called gabagaba.

Today, many items used in warfare are now solely used in dance.

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