Aboriginal Art and Culture – Web Links

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:

Aboriginal art
Aboriginal languages
Aboriginal music
Aboriginal arts organisations
land rights and management
native title
general information sources (separate page)
A separate page gives links to useful arts search engines and sites

Aboriginal Art
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.

Aboriginal Memorial

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.

Aboriginal 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.

Australian Indigenous 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.

Australian Rock Art Research Association

This site covers information on rock art research throughout the world – with particular emphasis on Australia.

Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Aboriginal Art

This is an excellent collection held by the University of Virginia in the USA.

Maningrida 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.


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.

South Australian Museum – Cockatoo Creek canvas
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 Centres

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.

Tjulyuru Cultural 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.

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association

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 acrylic.


Aboriginal Music
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.

Black Mujik Australia
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 and music.

Centre 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.

Central 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

Daki Budtcha is a music Web site promoting indigenous music, including artists such as Maroochy Baramba

Garma Festival

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 Arnhem Land.

Yothu Yindi

The Web site gives information about the Band, Complete Discography, Tour Dates, Video Clips and Music Files, Art Gallery, etc – a quality site.


Aboriginal Languages
Australian Indigenous Languages Bibliographies

Part of the AIATSIS web site, includes profiles of many Australian Indigenous languages.

Aboriginal Languages of Australia

This site gives a comprehensive and well maintained guide to links and sources for around 80 of Australia’s Aboriginal languages, of which around 20 are still strong. About 35% of these resources are produced by Indigenous people.

Aboriginal Arts Organisations
Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists

The Association promotes, markets and develops policy between Art Centres, Government agencies, institutions, galleries, independent merchandisers, exhibition curators and other industry groups

Desart – the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres

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.

Koorie Heritage Trust

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 items


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 issues.

Lore of the Land

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.


Native Title
National Native Title Tribunal

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.