Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery

Students learning in Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery

Aboriginal Cultures

There are two floors to the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery offering so much to see that each floor is worthy of a visit in its own right.

The ground floor focuses on Aboriginal Technologies and Culture whilst the first floor focuses on Aboriginal Art, Design and Technology. We ask that you choose a particular learning focus for your students’ visit to either the ground floor or level 1.

Choose from the lessons listed to investigate innovative technologies developed by Aboriginal people in their quest for food and water whilst living in diverse environments across South and Central Australia.

Punuku Tjukurpa  

28 March – 17 May

10am – 5pm     Free
The Punuku Tjukurpa exhibition showcases the magnificent wooden artefacts and implements from the Maruku  Arts archive. The works represent three generations of artists for whom the tradition of wood carving has been passed down. The stunning collection is made up of a diverse array of sculptures and paintings. Works include piti (wooden bowls), miru (spearthrowers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) and beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals. As well as imparting physical skills to the next generation it also teaches the stories which form the basis for the intricate designs and markings known as walka.
An excellent teaching resource has been created by Artback NT for this exhibition; Punuku Tjukurpa Education Kit.


Useful online resources

Speaking Land  This is also available on the computers in the gallery.

Ngurunderi  An Aboriginal Dreaming


Gallery Highlights

These downloads below provide information about the collections. They are also useful as a pre-visit reading exercise.

Aboriginal Gallery News (Ground Floor)

Aboriginal Gallery News (Level 1)

We also have a Discovery Case which can be loaned to your school on Aboriginal Technologies.