Indigenous peoples of Australia
Move your cursor over any area of the map to reveal the 'magnifying glass' circle. Scroll your mouse wheel to zoom in or out within the magnifying circle. On touch screens, tap once on the screen to show the magnifying circle. Then, keep your finger on the screen and move the circle around to show the zoomed in map.
David R Horton (creator), © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996.
No reproduction without permission.
For thousands of years, the original inhabitants of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupied the lands with very different boundaries than today, centred on intimate cultural relationships with the land and sea.
“It’s my fathers land, my grandfather’s land, my grandmothers land. And I’m related to it, which also give me my identity.”
Father Dave Passi, Plaintiff in Mabo Case
The map is an attempt to represent all the language, tribal or nation groups of the Aboriginal people of Australia. Aboriginal groups were included on the map based on the published resources available between 1988 and 1994 which determine the cultural, language and trade boundaries and relationships between groups. Regions were determined using the watershed basis as a template.
The map was developed along with the Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia as part of a research project. The Encyclopedia is available in libraries and contains more detailed information about the groups represented on the map.
"What was before Lord Vestey born and I born? It was blackfella country."
Vincent Lingiari (Wattie Creek 1966)
Limitations of the map
The AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia was produced for a general reading audience. The map is not definitive and is not the only information available which maps language and social groups. See also AUSTLANG.
The information on which the map is based is contested and may not be agreed to by some landowners.The borders between groups are purposefully represented as slightly blurred. They do not claim to be exact.
The map was produced before native title legislation and is not suitable for use in native title or other land claims.international love lyrics saudi international 2022 leaderboard hermes international live chat international human rights lawyer happy international women's day quotes ba international randox belfast international airport nasaret international hospital international travel australia autosport international 2022 mccloskey international glasgow international markel international latest international news international finance corporation belfast international airport parking promo code 2022 sangster international airport what is international relations privacy international bmw international open o2 international international women's day 2022 uk happy international nurses day legal and general international index trust sorbus international fenix international international chamber of commerce saudi international leaderboard when is international mens day send international parcel international mens day 2022 uk scholarships for international students in uk international transfer international tracked and signed gorilla suit international space station international women's month royal mail international track and trace international rugby international arbitration international fc miss grand international 2022 trade fair international international coaching federation tesco international calling card international food store happy international women's day 2022 international harvester anti slavery international epigenetics international jump international maidstone france international team how big is the international space station happy international nurses day 2022 new international version international organization for standardization dunhill international ronin international happy international womens day 2022 shanghai pudong international airport apmg international international football shirts the international space station dvla international driving licence international deliveries international convention centre wales madison brook international international animal rescue international drive florida barbour international t shirt football international rankings ukraine international legion murray international trust share price international matches international men's day 2022 uk nfl international series 2022 international women's day 2022 logo international mother language day highest international goal scorer ebay international shipping hca international international investments harry kane international goals ck international usps international shipping lavender international international swimming league dg international fosun international international lesbian day harman international international space station viewing international student bank account uk rrc international international banking sotogrande international school a and h international nfl international series international security expo hub international international bolt on o2 release international hewanorra international airport post office international swiss airlines international sugarbabes international revolut international transfer fee international postage royal mail london international horse show 2022 royal mail international parcel international women in engineering day international volunteer hq bristol international balloon fiesta international calls when is international women’s day celebrated international human rights law wales international tradefair international realism international relations hartsfield jackson atlanta international airport save the children international international happiness day 2022 leeds international film festival international women's day quotes 2022 allied international credit leonardo da vinci international airport international travel declaration form o hare international airport international organization international love international currency exchange iran international instagram royal mail international parcel prices saudi international 2022 santander international student account capital international international calling cards edinburgh international book festival saudi international leaderboard 2022 international hermes tracking royal mail international delivery international ring size chart international teaching jobs princess juliana international airport international skeptics forum barbour international jacket womens women for women international lycee international de londres international certificate of vaccination birmingham international station parcel force international hub england international football fixtures 2022 international days 2022 uk india post international tracking international men's day 2022 uk kitchens international international student fees uk norwich international airport