Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait

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

Torres Strait Islander objects & the Queensland Museum

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.

Queensland Museum has been collecting for almost 150 years.
Since its establishment as a government institution, the Museum has acquired objects from the Torres Strait region. The earliest donations of Torres Strait objects occurred between 1873 and 1880. These included a mask, bows, arrows, spears, a headdress and a comb.

In the last quarter of the 20th Century the Queensland Museum has begun to collect objects that mirror contemporary Torres Strait Island communities.

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