NT pre-trip reading & viewing suggestions

There are numerous excellent books on Aboriginal art and handcrafts. A selection is offered here:

  • A Tour of Australian Rock Art, Leon Yost. ISBN 9781548901226
  • Aboriginal rock art of Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory of Australia. David Welch. ISBN 9780959534894
  • Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End. Joanna Barrkman. Traces the history of textile screen printing at five art centres, from its beginnings in the late 1960s to its recent emergence as a vibrant contemporary art form for Aboriginal expression. A profile of each art centre is followed by representative artworks. Essays by scholars, curators, and practitioners discuss the history, inspiration, and practical processes underlying these striking creations; the ways screen-printed textile designs express the artists’ cultures, identities, and connections to lands; and the art centres’ collaborations with fashion and interior designers. 
  • Balnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression. (Screen printing at Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land).  Annie Studd (editor). ISBN 9780646945194
  • Djalkiri: Yolŋu Art, Collaborations and Collections. Rebecca J Conway (ed.) Djalkiri are “footprints” – ancestral imprints on the landscape that provide the Yolŋu people of eastern Arnhem Land with their philosophical foundations. This book describes how Yolŋu artists and communities keep these foundations strong, and how they have worked with museums to develop a collaborative, community-led approach to the collection and display of their artwork. It includes contributions from Yolŋu elders and artists as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous historians and curators. ISBN: 9781743327272
  • Injalak Hill Rock Art, self published by Injalak Arts Centre. ISBN 9780994625625
  • Journey into Dreamtime, Munya Andrews. ISBN 9781925884050
  • Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia, 2nd edition. Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy (editors). ISBN 9781760556587
  • Maningrida: The Language of Weaving. Margaret Carew and Andrew Hughes (curators of associated exhibition).  ISBN 1875296174
  • Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters. Companion to the National Museum of Australia’s indigenous-led exhibition. Explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks that crisscross the Australian continent, of which the Seven Sisters songline is one of the most extensive. ISBN 9781921953293
  • Twined Together, Kunmadj Njalehnjaleken, Edited by Louise Hamby. ISBN 0646446088
  • Weaving lives together at Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land. Laklak Burarrwanga, Ritjilili Ganabarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Kate Lloyd.  ISBN 9780980424232
  • Woven Forms: Contemporary Basket Making in Australia. Brian Parkes (ed.) ISBN 0975175939