Indigenous Connections

Recognise, respect and celebrate Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through Australia’s audiovisual heritage.

For over 100 years, the stories of Australia’s First Peoples – about family, ancestors, traditions and ways of living – have been captured in sound recordings, moving images and other audiovisual media.

The NFSA holds and preserves more than 25,000 works that document the unique place that First Peoples occupy within Australian society, and the diversity of their cultural and creative expressions.

Through its Indigenous Connections team, the NFSA works with communities to ensure respectful management of the collection, promote cultural maintenance through the use of audiovisual media, and inspire new works.

Contact Indigenous Connections and help us ensure that the world’s longest-living culture is preserved in our national collection.

The Indigenous Connections team

Andrea Briggs, Peter White, Brenda Gifford, Sophia Sambono (and baby Ellena). Photo by Paper and Stills, NFSA

Peter White, Senior Curator Indigenous Connections

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Yaama all, I’m a Murri from the Gamilaroi nation of north-west NSW and have the honour of holding the position of Senior Curator, Indigenous Connections at the NFSA. I have worked in the Indigenous cultural and creative sectors for over 25 years with the focus on creating more opportunities for our mob to access, participate and control our own culture.

Some of the work I have done over the years includes managing repatriation programs to return our ancestors’ and significant cultural materials back to country and community, developing strategies and programs to increase the opportunities for our mob to continue to practise culture and explore new ways of creative expression and helping drive more opportunities to manage our own culture in the broader cultural sector.

Working at the NFSA and leading an amazing team of Indigenous cultural professionals is the dream job.

Brenda Gifford, Curatorial Officer and First Voices Coordinator

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I am an Aboriginal woman from the NSW South Coast and a member of the Yuin nation. I am passionate about Aboriginal music and my work with the First Voices Program, helping capture Aboriginal musicians’ stories and putting them on the record at the NFSA. I believe music gives voice to our concerns, frustrations, hopes and aspirations, and can be part of the healing process for Aboriginal people.

I have 20 years’ extensive experience as a musician and a member of the band Mixed Relations with Bart Willoughby. I studied music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and taught music at Eora TAFE. I wrote the sleeve notes for the reissue of The Loner album by Uncle Vic Simms on the Sandman record label.

I enjoy working with an all-Indigenous team and recognising, respecting and celebrating Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through Australia’s audiovisual heritage. Through these stories we celebrate the unique place Indigenous cultural and creative expression plays within Australian society.

Sophia Sambono, Curatorial Officer

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I am a Jingili/Irish/Scottish woman. My grandmother was a member of the stolen generations taken from her desert home Newcastle Waters to Kahlin compound in Darwin. Through kinship I am connected to Indigenous peoples and cultures across the top end of the Northern Territory. Having grown up in primarily urban centres these personal connections and experiences have provided diverse viewpoints on Indigenous Australian experience. I’ve studied Screen Production and Museums and Collections and my professional experiences at the NFSA have focused on knowledge repatriation, community engagement, public programming and exhibitions.

The best part of working at the NFSA is engaging with the brilliant, diverse and often entertaining collection and its inspirational creators and sharing it with the world.

Andrea Briggs, Black Screen Coordinator

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I am the Black Screen Coordinator at the NFSA. I am a descendent of the Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta peoples of NSW and Victoria and grew up in Narrandera in the NSW Riverina.

What I enjoy most about working with the NFSA is that it embraces and celebrates Indigenous culture. Throughout the time I have worked here we have showcased some of the best Indigenous films and talent in communities throughout regional and remote Australia. There is an amazing collection of Indigenous film and music at the NFSA that is respectfully managed and shared with the wider community to promote cultural awareness and celebrate the history of our First Peoples.