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Pictured: Keeper of the Law. Keeper of the Song. Keeper of the Dance 2014, Jai Darby Walker, Bundjalung, and clubs, made by Ancestors. Image courtesy of the Australian Museum.

I see the people go through the pain 
I see the people become strong again 
I see the country always the same
~ Joel Deaves from 'Banggang Cūndū (Old Tree)'

Poetry to heal, reveal and clarify thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Unsettled is a powerful exhibition presented by the Australian Museum where First Nations voices reveal the untold history of the foundation of this country and themes of invasion, resistance, survival, identity, and healing.

Australian Museum
Saturday 22 May until Sunday 10 October
Free general admission
The Australian Museum is temporarily closed to the public to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19. The AM will plan to reopen on Saturday 10 July (subject to health advice).

Power through Poetry

Developed in partnership with the Australian Museum, the Power through Poetry digital activity book helps young people deepen their engagement with the exhibition online.
Recommended for kids aged 8+.

As you look, listen, and reflect, be inspired by the poems of First Nations artists and poets Lyndsay Urquhart, Kirli Saunders, Joel Davison, Joel Deaves and Ellen van Neerven (Fellow 2021) that respond to the themes in Unsettled, then use the prompts and activities to create your own poems.

Download the activity book »

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