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Lag Meta Aus: National Museum of Australia puts life in the Torres Strait on show

Date posted: 19 June 2014

Reflecting the unique nature of the Torres Strait Islands, the title of a new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia incorporates the word for 'home' in the region's three Indigenous languages.

Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait features the cultural stories of people and life in the Torres Strait Islands - from the mythological past to the present.

The exhibition also examines the stories of Eddie Koiki Mabo's native title battle, the violent early interaction between Captain William Bligh and Tudu Island warriors, and the service of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion during World War II.

'What we're trying to do for the visitor is give them the ability to move through time and space in the Torres Strait,' Curator Jonathan Lineen said.

'We've really chosen one particular story or one particular time in each of the island groups, so it's very light history but it's a way for the general population to get a view of the Torres Strait Islands.'

Mr Lineen said the exhibition marked a complete changeover of the museum's Torres Strait Islander gallery.

'This exhibition will challenge visitors' pre-conceptions about the Torres Strait, he said.


Last updated: 19 June 2014
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