Tasha James is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Dubbo, Central West NSW. Her homelands cross the region of the lower Bogan River of Wiradjuri Country.
Tasha is the Manager of Indigenous Connections at the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia and has over 10 years’ experience working with Indigenous Communities and Indigenous collections that include audio-visual and material culture.
Throughout Tasha’s career, she has had held a number of roles in major cultural institutions such as Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) & the Australian Museum where she worked closely with Indigenous communities by facilitating access to collections to reconnect them with their cultural heritage. She also has worked within Indigenous public programs and outreach which focussed on sharing and educating others about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Tasha also has extensive experience in Indigenous policy having developed several key policies within her past workplaces relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Indigenous collections.
Tasha is passionate about empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in managing and practicing their own culture along with caring for and controlling their own cultural collections on country.
One of the key priorities Tasha is working on in her role at the NFSA is to assist and guide the mainstream cultural sector in effectively and appropriately engaging with Indigenous communities and Indigenous collections.