Leah Lui-Chivizhe

The University of Sydney

Leah Lui-Chivizhe is a Torres Strait Islander with enduring connections to the Mer, Erub, Badu and Mabuiag islands. Within Oceania and the Torres Strait more specifically, she works on histories of settler colonialism and Indigenous resilience, decolonising museum collections and practices and Islander histories of human and other-than-human entanglements. Her PhD (History, University of Sydney) focussed on the ecological and mytho-cultural significance of turtle shell masks collected from the Torres Strait in the nineteenth century. Leah is currently in the final year of a postdoc at the University of Sydney where she is working on a polyvocal exhibition that re-connects an 1875 collection of specimens and artefacts with Torres Strait Islander lifeways, knowledges, and understandings of climate change.

For more information, read about Leah’s current projects, Indigenous Futures and Reclaiming Turtles All the Way Down, and visit her webpage.