Four objects from the First Nations Collection

First Nations

Learn about the rich cultures and histories of First Nations Queensland Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, World Cultures and Pacific peoples.


Queensland has two distinct First Nations peoples: the Aboriginal language groups endemic to the mainland and the Torres Strait Islander peoples originating from the archipelago situated between Far North Queensland’s Cape York Peninsular and Papua New Guinea.

First Nations cultures recognise more than four seasons in the calendar year with intimate knowledge and experience handed down through millennia. nuance of changes of season are celebrated through cultural observances and practices including through ceremony and song, dance and ritual including contemporary expressions of art. Queensland’s unique geography, geological formations, landscapes and environments are revered and today many Native Title Corporations work in partnership with local, state and federal government to ‘care for country’ under direction from Traditional Owners and Elders.

Aboriginal cultures

Pacific cultures

World cultures

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