Spirit figures from Arnhem Land


Helen Anu

Helen Anu is a Koey-Buway, Samu Augud (Cassowary) and Sui-Baidham (Black-winged Stilt and Shark) Clan Woman of the Zei Gub (South West Winds) from the Top Western cluster of the Torres Strait Islands.

Helen has worked as a cultural practitioner in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Culture and Media Sector for 25 years, and currently works in Indigenous Programs at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

She assists with the delivery of Indigenous-specific projects, cultural outreach, engagement and exhibitions, including highlighting the narrative of new and existing works held within the museum’s Indigenous collections, and supporting the transmission of traditional and contemporary Saltwater and Freshwater stories.

Beau James

Beau James is from the Mununjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from SE Queensland with links to Stradbroke Island.  Currently working as the Indigenous Programs Manager for the Australian National Maritime Museum their responsibilities include the development of cultural programs, events and exhibitions focusing on the Museums Indigenous collection. Working collaboratively  with communities, artists and art centres throughout Australia they have curated innovative exhibitions both nationally and internationally and sourced exciting new works  intertwining the traditional with the contemporary to further highlight and explore Indigenous culture and connection to Saltwater, Freshwater country.