Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait

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

Torres Strait Islanders

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.

"Torres Strait Islanders are a saltwater people, proud of their separate and distinct culture, rich in language, music and dance, strong in dignity and community solidarity, and exuberant in spirit."

M.C. Quinnell, Queensland Museum Honorary, 2011

Indigenous to the Torres Strait, the Islanders have a unique origin, history and way of life. Their art and culture differs from that of Aboriginal Australians.

The Torres Strait Islanders are not one amorphous culture: practices, beliefs, clothing and objects vary between eastern and western areas.

The two main languages spoken are Meriam Mir in the east and Kala Lagaw Ya to the west.

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