This page lists the best Web links we have found that
will give you further information about Aboriginal art
and culture and also more general context information
about land rights, history, statistics etc. The links
are organised under eight headings:
A separate page gives links to useful
arts search engines and sites
Aboriginal Art Directory
The Directory is the largest online tool to help you find Australian Aboriginal art, self-representing artists, art centres, galleries, online stores and wholesalers worldwide.
The Aboriginal Memorial, on display in the National
gallery of Australia, Canberra, is an installation of
200 hollow log coffins from Central Arnhem Land. It
commemorates all the indigenous people who, since 1788,
have lost their lives defending their land.
Studies WWW Virtual Library - Art and Culture
Part of the excellent Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual
Library Web site - this section covers Aboriginal Art,
Culture and Spirituality.
Art Trade Association
The Association operates to promote the ethical trade
of indigenous art and provide a forum where members
can discuss issues relevant to the industry.
Rock Art Research Association
This site covers information on rock art research throughout
the world - with particular emphasis on Australia.
Collection of Aboriginal Art
This is an excellent collection held by the University
of Virginia in the USA.
Arts and Culture
One of Australia's largest community based Aboriginal
Arts Co-operatives servicing over 350 artists in north
central Arnhem Land. This is an excellent and informative
site - well worth a visit.
Australian Museum - Cockatoo Creek canvas
Moorditj, a Noongar word for "excellent",
celebrates the work of 110 Indigenous artists from all
over Australia, including Sally Morgan, Yothu Yindi,
Bronwyn Bancroft, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Ellen
Jose and the Bangarra Dance Theatre.
This shows a huge painting including the Dreamings
of a place called Yanardilyi - Cockatoo Creek on the
edge of the Tanami Desert, 250 kilometres north-west
of Alice Springs.
Tiwi Islands - Art
There are three art centres located on the Tiwi Islands:
two on Melville Island (Munupi and Jilamara) and one
on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Design). This site focuses
on Tiwi art, country and culture.
and Civic Centre
Tjulyuru Community Centre is situated on the Great
Central Highway, Warburton Ranges in the Ngaanyatjarra
lands in Western Australia. The centre provides an
exhibition gallery and performance venue.
The Association is an Aboriginal Art Centre
located at Yuendumu, 300km north-west of Alice Springs
representing over 160 Warlpiri and Anmatjerre artists.
The site gives information and images of art works in
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Bangarra is one of Australia's most innovative dance
companies. Bangarra blends urban Aboriginal sensibility,
traditional Aboriginal dance styles and international
contemporary dance to produce an exciting blend. The
Web site gives the company's history, activities, biographies
of performers and tour dates for performances.
The aim of the site is to promote Aboriginal artists
of the Northern Territory while supplying a resource
for those interested or involved with Aboriginal culture
for Aboriginal Studies in Music
Since the early 1970s, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies
in Music, University of Adelaide has been a major
home and place for professional training for Aboriginal
musicians and performers.
Australian Aboriginal Media Association
CAAMA was established in 1980, is Aboriginal owned,
and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and
economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples. It produces
music, radio, television and has a retailing arm.
Daki Budtcha is a music Web site promoting indigenous
music, including artists such as Maroochy Baramba
The Garma Festival, held each year in August in north
east Arnhem Land, is the largest and most vibrant celebration
of Yolngu culture. It involves around 20 clan
groups, as well as representatives from clan groups
and neighbouring Indigenous peoples throughout Arnhem
Land and the Northern Territory.
Manikay - Aboriginal
Music from Arnhem Land
An online database of many commercially released albums
and films containing traditional Aboriginal music from
The Web site gives information about the Band, Complete
Discography, Tour Dates, Video Clips and Music Files,
Art Gallery, etc - a quality site.
DESART is controlled by the Aboriginal producer-owned
art and craft centres in Central Australia. These centres
support approximately 3000 Aboriginal artists and craftspeople,
most of whom live on remote communities and homelands
dotted around the vast area. The Web site lists member
organizations, map of the region and shows examples
of art from the communities.
The Trust was established in 1985 to maintain and
promote the living culture of the indigenous people
of south-east Australia. The Trust has a collection
of around 3,000 artefacts and a library of over 6,000
Land Rights and Management
Cape York Land Council
The core responsibility of the Council is to assist
Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula to obtain the
return of their traditional lands. Web site gives information
on Cape York communities, native title, other social
Lore of the
This website and accompanying CD-ROM is the result
of a partnership between Indigenous and non-indigenous
Australians. It offers the opportunity to explore Australia's
history, geography and the voices of its people( including
Aboriginal people from south west Victoria and the western
desert) and the way they relate to the land.
There are four land councils in the Northern Territory
established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern
Territory) Act 1976: the Northern Land Council covering
the Top End of the Northern Territory; the Central Land
Council covering the southern half; the Tiwi Land Council
covering Bathurst and Melville Islands north of Darwin;
and Anindilyakwa Land Council covering Groote Eylandt.
Central Land Council
The Council is a statutory representative body representing
Aboriginal people in the Central Australian region.
The Web site gives a comprehensive coverage of land
and related issues in Central Australia.
Northern Land Council
The most important responsibilities of the Council
are to consult traditional landowners and other Aborigines
with an interest in the land. There are about 200 communities
scattered over Aboriginal land in the Top End, ranging
in size from small family groups on outstations to settlements
of up to 3,000 people.
Indigenous Land Corporation
The Corporation's main functions are to assist indigenous
peoples in Australia to acquire land and to manage indigenous-held
land in a sustainable way to provide benefits for themselves
and for future generations. Site gives details of the
Land Use Strategy, papers, newsletters.
National Native Title
The Tribunal is a Commonwealth Government body that
facilitates the making of agreements among Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people, governments, industry
and others whose rights or interests may co-exist with
native title rights and interests. Web site gives an
overview of Native Title, legal cases, indigenous land
use agreements and other topics.