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FINALIST: Museum of Brisbane for Indigenous Culture Learning Program
The Indigenous Culture Learning Program, launched last year at Museum of Brisbane in collaboration with Aboriginal leader Shannon Ruska, aims to increase awareness of Indigenous histories and heritage, ensuring future generations recognise both the value of Indigenous cultures and the importance of supporting them to thrive.
This program focuses on the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People and allows students to experience Indigenous culture from a wide range of perspectives: through artworks and artefacts in the Museum’s exhibitions; storytelling from Elders and activists in a short film on Country; and then first-hand in the dynamic dance, storytelling and conversational presentation from the Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Troupe.
Learning about local Indigenous histories through exhibition content is important, but the unique experience of being able to ask questions directly to a person of Indigenous heritage creates a meaningful and lasting connection and develops confidence in seeking on-going self-guided learning opportunities for both students, teachers and the general public. It instils in future generations a respect for and deeper understanding of the rich Aboriginal history of Brisbane.