Blake, Andrew, et al. Saltwater: Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country: Rocognising Indigenous Sea Rights. Nhulunbuy, N.T.: Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre, 1999.
Caruana, Wally. Aboriginal Art. London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 1993.
Eglitis, Anna, ed. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: Now Days-Early Days: Art Works and Legends. Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 2000.
Johnson, Vivien. Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert: A Biographical Dictionary. Roseville East, NSW: Craftsman House, 1994.
Kleinert, Sylvia and Margo Neale, eds. The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2000.
McCulloch, Susan. Contemporary Aboriginal Art: A Guide to the Rebirth of an Ancient Culture. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2001.
Michaels, Eric. Bad Aboriginal Art: Tradition, Media, and Technological Horizons. St. Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1994.
Mundine, Djon, et al. The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land. Sydney: Museum of Contemporary Art, undated.
Mundine, Djon, et al. The Memorial: A Masterpiec of Aboriginal Art. Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2000.
Neale, Margo, et al. Urban Dingo: The Art and Life of Lin Onus 1948-1996. Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 2000.
Nicholls, Christine and Ian North. Petyarre, Kathleen: Genius of Place. Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2001.
Perkins, Hetti and Hannah Fink, eds. Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.
Ryan, Judith. Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National Gallery of Victoria. Victoria: National Gallery of Victoria, undated.
Sutton, Peter, ed. Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia. New York: George Braziller Publishers, 1988.
Tweedie, Penny. Aboriginal Australians: Spirit of Arnhem Land. Sydney: New Holland Publishers, 2001.
Aboriginal Art, by Howard Morphy. Numerous illustrations.
"The best survey that has appeared to date."-Luke Taylor, Senior Curator,
National Museum of Australia
240 color illus., 35 b&w. Paperback
Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime,
by Robert Lawlor. A richly illustrated introduction. "comprehensive and
The Speaking Land: Myth and Story in Aboriginal Australia, by
Ronald and Catherine Berndt. An anthology of aboriginal myth collected
by the authors during fifty years of fieldwork among aboriginal peoples.
Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers,
compiled by K. Langloh Parker. This collection of women's stories was compiled a century
ago. Women tell of their own ceremonies, relations, and behavioral codes.
Aboriginal Men of High Degree, by A. P. Elkin. A leading anthologist
discusses the role of the aboriginal shamans who serve as channels between
their communities and the beings of the Dreamtime.
Wisdom from the Earth, by Anna Voigt and others. Brilliant photographs
provide the backdrop for discussions of Aboriginal ceremonies and customs.
Includes interviews with Aboriginal elders.
The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin. Weaving memoir, history, science,
and philosophy into a travel tale of brilliance and beauty, Chatwin explores
the invisible pathways, the song lines of the Aboriginals.
Australian Art, by Andrew Sayers. Discusses both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
Dreamkeepers: A Spirit Journey into Aboriginal Australia, by Harvey Arden.
The author of a well-known book on American Indian spirituality travels
to Australia to learn about Aboriginal culture.
Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, by Judith Ryan.
Exhibition catalogue from the National Gallery of Victoria.
Spirit in Land: Bark Paintings from Arnhem Land, by Judith Ryan.
Exhibition catalogue from the National Gallery of Victoria.
Raka Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait,
by Judith Ryan and Robyn Healy. Exhibition catalogue from the National Gallery
Ginger Riley, by Judith Ryan. Exhibition catalogue
from the National Gallery of Victoria.
My Place, by Sally Morgan. The classic autobiography
of three generations of Aboriginal women. "Should be on [the reading list of]
every black studies and women's studies course."-New York Times
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, by Thomas Keneally. Set
in Australia a century ago, a marriage between an Aborigine and a
white woman ends in disaster.
Aboriginal Australians, 3rd ed., by Richard Broome. The classic
text on the history of race relations and Aborigines in Australia.
Aboriginal Australia An Introductory Reader, edited by Colin
Bourke. An excellent collection.
Aboriginal Autonomy: Issues and Strategies, by H. C. Coombs.
A collection of essays by a leading advocate of self-determination for
Belonging: Australians, Place and Aboriginal Ownership,
by Peter Read. Who "owns" the land?
For Younger Readers
One Woolly Wombat, by Rod Trinca and Kerry Argent.
A counting book in verse. Introduces 14 Australian animals.
Paperback Ages 4-8
Where the Forest Meets the Sea, by Jeannie Baker. A visit to
the tropical rain forest of North Queensland. Hardcover. Ages 4-8.
Australian Animals, by Caroline Arnold. Full-color photographs introduce 17
unusual animals. Hardcover. Ages 4-8
The Kangaroo Who Couldn't Hop, by Robert Cox. Charming
book about a young kangaroo who simply could not hop.
Hardcover. Ages 4-8
Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo: for the
Children of Gunbalanya, by Alison Lester. Ernie
sends 6 letters to his friends--one for each season-about
life in Arnhem Land, an Aboriginal reserve in northern
Australia. Hardcover Ages 4-8
Down Under, by Tessa Paul. Features 10 Australian animals
with illustrations showing how they live. Paperback Ages 4-8
The Biggest Frog in Australia, by Susan Roth.
Retelling of an Aboriginal story of how a frog drank up all
the water on the earth, and how the other animals got it back.
Paperback, Ages 4-8
Wombat Goes Walkabout, by Michael Morpurgo.
Wombat loses his mother and searches for her in the outback.
Hardcover, Ages 4-8.
Pheasant and Kingfisher: Originally told by Nganalgindja
in the Gunwinggu Language, by Catherine Helen Berndt. An
Aboriginal tale about how the world came into being retold by
an anthropologist who lived with the Aborigines for many years.
Paperback, Ages 4-8.
Possum Magic, by Mem Fox. A classic story of Grandma
Poss and Hush who set out on a tour of Australia to undo a magic
spell that has turned Hush invisible. Paperback. Ages 4-8.
Koala Lou, by Mem Fox. Koala Lou thinks her mother doesn't
love her anymore. Paperback. Ages 4-8
Wombat Divine, by Mem Fox. Wombat wants a part in the Christmas
Play. Age 4-6 Paperback.
For Older Readers
Aboriginal Art of Australia, by Carol Finley.
An introduction. Includes rock, sand, body, and
bark painting. Hardcover. Ages 9-12
The Drover's Boy, by Ted Egan. Set in the 1920s Caucasian-Aborigine
marriages were illegal, a Caucasian drover (sheepherder) who was forced
to pass off his Aboriginal wife as a drover's boy. Hardcover, Young Adult