Voices of Our Elders: Aboriginal Story Tellers

26 February - November 2024

“Dungidau” Crayon and ink drawing on paper by Willie Mackenzie Brisbane, c.1955 Anthropology Museum collection
“Dungidau”
Crayon and ink drawing on paper by Willie Mackenzie
Brisbane, c.1955
Anthropology Museum collection

For many years there was a misconception that Aboriginal cultures were at risk of disappearing. While many aspects have changed, Aboriginal cultures today are thriving. This exhibition documents just a few Aboriginal people that have contributed to recording and maintaining history and culture.

Everybody has a story to tell, and these images and objects reveal stories of individuals who saw a need to document what was around them and continue strength and pride in Aboriginal cultures. They are people who have lived through times of enormous change. We should be proud of these story tellers, for they are Our Elders.



Banner image: Carved figure by Fred Embrey | Kabi Kabi people c.1880 - 1939 | Untitled ceremonial figure c.1930 | Carved softwood with natural pigments, emu feathers bound with bush string and resin | Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art | Purchased 2020 with funds from the Mather Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation. Woven baskets attributed to Nuningah (Rose Martin) | Collected from Myora Mission c.1917 | Anthropology Museum collection.