Message stick delivered by Bishop White of Carpentaria from a boy in Darwin to a boy in Daly Waters. Source: Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

Message stick delivered by Bishop White of Carpentaria from a boy in Darwin to a boy in Daly Waters.

Detail of a Dhari from the Queensland Museum collection. The Dhari is the distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait. It is the central motif on the region's flag and symbolises the identity and unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. #torresstrait #museum #culturalhistory

Detail of a Dhari from the Queensland Museum collection. The Dhari is the distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait. It is the central motif on the region's flag and symbolises the identity and unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. #torresstrait #museum #culturalhistory

Detail of a Dhari from the Queensland Museum collection. The Dhari is the distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait. It is the central motif on the region's flag and symbolises the identity and unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. #torresstrait #museum #culturalhistory

Detail of a Dhari from the Queensland Museum collection. The Dhari is the distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait. It is the central motif on the region's flag and symbolises the identity and unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. #torresstrait #museum #culturalhistory

Detail of a Dhari from the Queensland Museum collection. The Dhari is the distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait. It is the central motif on the region's flag and symbolises the identity and unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. #torresstrait #museum #culturalhistory

Detail of a Dhari from the Queensland Museum collection. The Dhari is the distinctive traditional dance and ceremonial headdress of the Torres Strait. It is the central motif on the region's flag and symbolises the identity and unity of all Torres Strait Islanders. #torresstrait #museum #culturalhistory

Mask detail. Wood, galvanised iron, plant fibre, Cassowary feathers (Casuarius casuarius). From the Trans Fly coast, PNG. From the collection of Sir Arthur Palmer, donated 1884.

Mask detail. Wood, galvanised iron, plant fibre, Cassowary feathers (Casuarius casuarius). From the Trans Fly coast, PNG. From the collection of Sir Arthur Palmer, donated 1884.

Dance clubs. Wood, stone, cane, synthetic polymer paint. Collected by John Conroy, from Saibai, between 1981 and 1984. #torresstrait #culturalhistory #exhibitions #museum #collection

Dance clubs. Wood, stone, cane, synthetic polymer paint. Collected by John Conroy, from Saibai, between 1981 and 1984. #torresstrait #culturalhistory #exhibitions #museum #collection

These woomeras from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory are currently on display on Level 2 to mark NAIDOC Week, which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The woomera, a type of spearthrower, is an Aboriginal invention. A woomera and spear were the fastest weapons in the world before the invention of the self-loading rifle.

The woomera, a type of spearthrower, is an Aboriginal invention. A woomera and spear were the fastest weapons in the world before the invention of the self-loading rifle.

Shields were skillfully crafted & used in ceremonies, dances and occasionally in defensive combat by Aboriginal men. The shape & decoration of the shields varied from region to region. The narrowest shields were usually used in hand-to-hand combat while large, broad shields protected the holder against spears & other missiles. The largest and most spectacular shields were made by the rainforest peoples of north QLD. They were carefully painted with clan designs & adorned with stunning…

Shields were skillfully crafted & used in ceremonies, dances and occasionally in defensive combat by Aboriginal men. The shape & decoration of the shields varied from region to region. The narrowest shields were usually used in hand-to-hand combat while large, broad shields protected the holder against spears & other missiles. The largest and most spectacular shields were made by the rainforest peoples of north QLD. They were carefully painted with clan designs & adorned with stunning…


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