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Aboriginal Australia

A Guide to Understanding the Diversity of Language and Tribal Groups in Australia

What the map attempts to do


The map represents research carried out for the Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia. This publication contains more detailed information than is available on the map.


The research method was to use the published resources available between 1988 and 1994. The map was then created as a graphic illustration. It indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people, which may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group.


What the map doesn’t attempt to do

The Aboriginal Australia map does not claim to be definitive and is not the only source of information about language and social groups.

The information in the map is contested and may not be agreed to by some landowners. The boundaries are not intended to be exact and as it was produced before native title legislation, the map is not suitable for use in native title or other land claims.

Edited by David Horton