Torres Strait Islanders are the Indigenous people of the Torres
Strait Islands, part of Queensland, Australia.
There are 6,000 Torres Strait Islanders who live in the area of the
Torres Strait, and 42,000 others who live in Australia.
the Indigenous peoples
The dhari represents the Torres Strait Island people and the five pointed
star represents the 5 major Island groups.
The Dhari headdress was used in Dancing Ceremonies.
• In the Torres Strait Islands turtle shell masks were
worn by men for rituals and ceremonies.
• The Masks represented ancestors and totems
• The long snout was made from turtle shell. The teeth and
ears are made from wood. White pigeon feathers and
cassowary feathers are attached to a triangular bamboo and
shells hang from the mask.
A ritual face mask from the Torres Strait Islander people (19th century).