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Indigenous Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

There is a considerable information on Indigenous Australia from both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous sources.

This page provides information on both The Arts & individual artists and Indigenous beliefs & culture.

The Second Page has information on Indigenous Language/Tribal Areas, sporting involvement and individual sporting high achievers.

The Third Page covers community information, government involvement, health, legal matters and reports/research over a considerable period.

The Fourth Page covers documents, current involvement, Indigenous media , information on reconciliation and general information.

Indigenous History and Famous Indigenous Australians will be found using these links. For information about Indigenous Education, both for and about Indigenous people, use this link.

Arts & Artists

Art Portals

Gain access to groups of artists, their works, related information on Indigenous Art, dance groups, … .

Art Symbols

Aboriginal symbols are an essential part of a long artistic tradition in Australian Aboriginal Art and remain the visual form to retain and record significant information’.
Aboriginal Symbols and Their Meanings : Aboriginal Symbols Glossary at the Aboriginal Art Store. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2012. Aboriginal Symbols and their Meanings.

Art Videos

  • Aboriginal Body Painting
    ‘Body painting is carried out within strict conventions that are primarily related to spiritual matters, although the creative nature of these activities is also acknowledge’.
  • Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery
    By a Southern Arrernte group in central Australia. Buy artworks from the creators.
  • Australian Aboriginal Arts
    Gallery, artists, objects, links, stories, current exhibition, news, shop. Very well presented.
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre
    One of Australia’s premier dance groups performing a blend of traditional and modern dance.
  • Culture Warriors : National Indigenous Art Triennial
    National Gallery of Australia. ‘Contains a reproduction of an artwork from each of the exhibiting artists in the exhibition. These 30 full-colour reproductions have an explanatory text on the back as well as primary and secondary school activities’.
  • Desart
    Links to 30 centres of Aboriginal art and craft from central Australia.
  • Descendance
    Aboriginal cultural group. Includes musicians, dancers, painters, Elders, choreographers. Performed around the world.
  • Hogarth Arts - Aboriginal Art
    Aboriginal art, artworks, Aboriginal souvenirs.
  • IndigenousArtCode
    ‘The Indigenous Art Code aims to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists. The Code establishes a set of standards for commercial dealing with Indigenous visual artists; provides a benchmark for ethical behaviour; and builds greater certainty for consumers that the artworks they buy come through ethical processes’.
  • Jinta Desert Art
    Gain an insight into the religion and culture of Aboriginal Australia through these artworks.
  • Maningrida Arts and Culture
    Visit the gallery, see the works. Listen to samples of music, visit the virtual museum.
  • Mbantua Gallery
    Artefacts and art works from Central Australia.
  • moorditj
    ‘A multi-award-winning interactive cd-rom celebrating the depth and diversity of the cultural expressions of Indigenous Australian artists. Moorditj explores 300 artworks from 110 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, including Sally Morgan, Yothu Yindi, Neville T Bonner, the Bangarra Dance Theatre’. Fee-based.
  • National Gallery of Australia Indigenous Art
  • One World - Australian Aboriginal Art
    Introduction to the art. Gallery of different art.
  • Questions Raised Over Australia’s Indigenous Art Laws [ABC Radio National]
    ‘What makes a piece of art so valuable that it’s not allowed to leave the country ? That’s a question which the National Cultural Heritage Committee has to consider when a valuable artwork or a significant cultural object is purchased by an overseas collector. It decides whether or not such a work can be exported and when it comes to Indigenous art works, the regulations are pretty tough’. Listen online or download the audio.
  • Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association
    Artworks, background information on Aboriginal arts and artists.

Individual Artists

Links to indigenous artists from different areas of Australia.

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Beliefs & Culture

Beliefs

Both the Dreamtime and other General Beliefs.

  • Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories, Year 3 and 4
    ‘This series of lessons will allow students to explore and analyse traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories. Upon completion of the program, students will write their own Dreamtime stories’. Displays links to Australian curriculum.
  • Australian Dreamtime
    ‘Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth, dating back - by some estimates - 65 000 years. Dreamtime is Aboriginal Religion and Culture’. Explanations of these beliefs.
  • Dust Echoes
    ‘Ancient stories, New Voices. Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country, Aboriginal custom and law’. This description does not do this justice. A must see !
    Highly Recommended !
  • How the Kangaroo got its Pouch
    One of a number of Dreamtime stories. There are links to other stories from this page.
  • Lore of the Land
    Interactive site designed to encourage living in harmony with the land and others.
  • The Dreaming
    ‘The Dreaming Stories as seen on the ABC are a terrific series of animated films based on Australian Aboriginal storytelling [oral histories] that have been maintained as a body of knowledge for over 40 000 years. Children love them and adults are amazed at what they lean about Australia from each story’. Purchase details available.
  • Thukeri
    ‘This Dreamtime story is about two men who lived on the shores of Lake Alexandrina. They belonged to the Aboriginal Ngarrindjerri people’. A video for this story is still available as Thukeri 1 [Viddler].
  • Wandjina
    Article.

Culture

  • 12 Canoes
    ‘We are the Yolngu people of Ramingining, in the northern part of Central Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. This website is built for us, for everyone. There are 12 stories here about where we live, about how we came to be, about our history and about how we live now. We welcome you to know about us, about our culture, this way’.
    Brilliant !
  • Aboriginal Culture - Introduction to Australia’s Aboriginal Culture
    Covers multiple aspects of traditional life.
  • Australian Aboriginal Culture
    ‘The pages on this website are a collection of what I read about Indigenous culture mainly in Aboriginal newspapers. Select from the [following] categories to learn more about a specific field of Aboriginal culture’.
  • Australian Aboriginal Cultures
    ‘The South Australian Museum's collection of Australian ethnographic material is the largest and most representative in the world. The collection currently consists of approximately 30,000 items which are considered within the public domain. They come from many different Indigenous communities, language groups and individuals across Australia’.
  • Aboriginal Song Cycles
    A bibliography from Sydney University.
  • Aboriginal Astronomy
    Includes information on astronomical knowledge and beliefs, general culture[s], rock engravings linked to astronomy, further reading and more. Other sites covering Aboriginal astronomy include - Australian Aboriginal astronomy [Wikipedia], Michael Mitchie’s Aboriginal Astronomy Links [books, articles, websites] and Australian Aboriginal Astronomy Project [Macquarie University].
  • Diwurruwurru
    ‘In our languages, Diwurruwurru means “Message Stick”. We send out message sticks far and wide when we want to invite people to visit us, to celebrate with us, or to settle matters that trouble us. We warmly invite you to come and experience our cultures with us. We intend this website to educate not only our own children but people everywhere’. Deakin University.
  • Hidden Histories
    ‘Wangka Maya’s Hidden Histories Project shed new light on some of the little known stories of early contact between Aboriginal people and white people’.
  • Indig
    Musical and cultural site.

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  • Indigenous Culture and History
    Links from Australia.gov.au.
  • IndigOz Web Directory
    ‘Attempts to maintain a catalogue of all current sites by, for, or about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Listed by category’.
  • Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime
    ‘Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, where Kuku Yalanji Guides could demonstrate and share their history, stories, culture, knowledge and skill with both international and domestic guests’.
  • Making Collective Memory with Computers
    ‘Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia’.
  • NAIDOC
    ‘NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in the first full week in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week [see History of NAIDOC], and its acronym has become the name of the week itself’.
  • Our Dreamings
    ‘Our Dreamings is an interactive Multimedia CDRom. This educational resource with comprehensive educational notes and links is highly recommended for teachers, students, art lovers and anyone wanting greater understanding and appreciation of Australian Aboriginal art and culture’. The site provides other accessible material.
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Historical Services
    Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and history with newsletter, books, articles.
  • The Flight of Ducks
    ‘Australian online documentary spanning more than 70 years. It began when F.J.A. Pockley [my father] travelled to Central Australia in January 1933 where he undertook a private camel expedition from Hermannsburg Mission to Mount Liebig. He brought back cinefilm, photographs, journals, Aboriginal objects. The collection provides insight into the end of the frontier period when there were still isolated groups of Aborigines yet to experience non-Aboriginal contact’. Click on the top duck for an index.

Guidelines for Indigenous Cultural Representation

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