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AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia - Small Foldedo

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: (594 x 841mm)

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.


Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Jilda M Levene
Fabulous to behold

So thrilled to have this map which enables me to see all the different locations. It is a powerful legitimiser. I will have it mounted and framed so it is easy to look at, always available and proudly showing on the wall.

Meredith Gow
Thanks Planet Corroboree

Thanks so much for my new map. Am planning a ‘Covid safe’ road trip to the other side of the country now that the borders are open. I wanted to know just whose country I was passing through, so this map will be perfect.
Thanks too for your speedy delivery and your careful packaging.

Jennifer Sharp
Great product

I ordered maps of Australia and they were exactly as described and perfect for our purpose. Fast delivery. Thanks!

Brian Johnson

Excellent map, a lot of detail, yes, shows the densely and sparsely populated areas, which is what happens now, very useful helping us understand the culture of Indigenous Australians.

AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia

This is such an important resource, essential to be familar with for all Australians. My only issue is the folds! But then I'm especially particular about such things. Because it's so large, it's difficult to flatten out enough to then put up...