Homecoming for Australia's cultural treasures
|Part of Kebisu’s headdress, collected in the Torres Strait |
from Maino by Alfred Cort Haddon in 1888.
Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum
The day he pressed his father's treasured ceremonial headdress into the hands of an Englishman, Torres Strait Islander Maino must have known life was changing for his people.
The headdress has returned to Australia for the first time, more than 120 years later. With its thick black cassowary feathers, it's one of the hero objects in Encounters, an exhibition of key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artefacts at Canberra's National Museum of Australia, from November 27-March 28, 2016.