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.

"As a Torres Strait Islander wherever you travel, when you come back to your homeland, you feel complete"

Uncle Thomas Sebasio, Erub Island Elder, 2011

People have always cared for this ‘place’.

Torres Strait Islanders had named the islands, the water, the animals, the plants, the moon, the stars and the seasons. They had established gardens, harnessed the sea and developed extensive trade networks.

Traditionally, canoes were an integral part of Torres Strait Islander life, essential to food collection, warfare, and the operation of customary exchange networks between local islands and with peoples from Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea.

The ocean remains the main ‘highway’ throughout the Torres Strait. Today, dingy’s are one of the main forms of transport; a common sight throughout the islands.

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