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AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia - Large Folded

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This map comes folded and when unfolded, it displays in full, the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia in landscape format.
When unfolded, the map measures: (841x1189mm)

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 Ca​se

The map is an attempt to represent all the language, tribal or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.

The information on which the map is based is contested and may not be agreed to by some traditional custodians. 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.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Christine Bultitude
missing land

Clarence Valley Council acknowledges the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl people as the Traditional Owners of the land within the CVC LGA. Unfortunately, we are unable to display these maps as hoped, because Yaegl land is missing from the maps.

Sean McCann

AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia - Large Folded

Jodie Hastie

AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia - Large Folded

Mary Butler

Saw it first on ABC TV as a background to a news report. Loved it then. Love it now

Brian Abbey
Making an idea into an easy-to-grasp reality

Excellent venture; a great way to give the non-Indigenous Australian public a clear simple understanding of the falsity of the terra nullius myth. This sort of measure is worth a thousand words of argument. I've seen something that makes me think Australia Post will make/is making provision for the inclusion of Country labels into the name-&-address space on letters? If that is not true, would you have a word to them about the value of doing that, please?