This map is a perfect take-home product for tourists and anyone interested in the diversity of Australia's First Nations peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia is made up of many different and distinct groups, each with their own culture, customs, language and laws.
This map represents the general locations of these groups and their languages and more; but not exact or fixed boundaries. It serves as a reminder of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
It was created in 1996 as part of the Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia and some of the information shown on the map remains contested today.
Explore this map and learn about the alternative spellings of names; and also the online interactive map and language databases on the AIATSIS website.
To reproduce this map or use it for other than personal use, apply for permission through Map Licensing.
This map attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from the eighteenth century-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims.
David R Horton (creator), © AIATSIS, 1996. No reproduction without permission.
Map dimensions when flat:
- Small: 297 x 420 mm
- Medium: 594 x 841 mm
- Large: 841 x 1188 mm
Map dimensions when folded:
- Small: 105 x 150 x 1 mm
- Medium: 105 x 150 x 5 mm
- Large: 150 x 210 x 10 mm
Fantastic map, can spend hours looking over it!! I hope our kids get to learn a lot more than I did about our traditional owners.
Useful piece that also looks great framed on our office wall
it was very surprising to find out the enormous quantity of clans and dialects in our long term history, indeed! Could not even imagine how many different groups have been here!
Wonderful to know on whose land I and our small family is located now - it makes you appreciate AIATSIS existence on helping me open my mind and eyes -- and learn!
Purchased for my mum for Xmas. She was very impressed . It was just what she wanted. quick efficient postage too
What a beautiful, informative and important map the AITSIS map of Indigenous Australia is! We all should know which Country we live on.
Also, fast, easy delivery & good packaging.