Aboriginal and Maori Elders, community and staff came together to bless the exhibition and celebrate these majestic creatures.
Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Nathan Moran and Maori Elder Kura Moeahu
Photographer: Nick Langley © Australian Museum
The Whales | Tohora exhibition opening on Friday 19 October 2018 saw an extraordinary coming together of cultures.
The moving event began with a smoking ceremony guided by Wiradjuri Elder Uncle Jimmy Smith and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Nathan Moran. Maori Elder Kura Moeahu then greeted dignitaries with the traditional hongi – the pressing of noses and foreheads – in which it is believed that the breath of life is exchanged. Guests moved into the exhibition and saw a performance by AM Pacific Collections officer Logan Metcalfe, and later a performance by Aboriginal dance group Koomurri.
Photos by Nick Langley © Australian Museum