The Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia is a unique tool for exploring and understanding the lives and cultures of Australia's First Peoples.
An atlas can represent - in graphic form - a pattern of human activities in space and time. This second edition of the award-winning Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia opens a window onto the landscape of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives, from over 60 000 years ago to the present time.
Each chapter has been extensively revised and updated by one or more experts in the field, under the general editorship of Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University.
The maps, which form the core of the book, are supplemented by explanatory text and numerous diagrams, photographs and illustrations, including Indigenous artworks.
This book is a collaborative publication between the Australian National University (ANU), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Macquarie Dictionary.
About the Author
Frances Morphy is an honorary Associate Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University. She was, with Bill Arthur, one of the general editors of the first edition of the Atlas. Her research interests have encompassed linguistics, anthropology and anthropological demography in a variety of Australian settings, most particularly in north-east Arnhem Land where she has worked with Yolngu people since the 1970s.
Her publications include 'Djapu: a Yolngu dialect' (in Handbook of Australian Languages, vol. 3, 1983) and she co-edited (with Benjamin R. Smith) The social effects of native title: recognition, translation, coexistence (2007) and edited Agency, contingency and census process: observations of the 2006 Indigenous Enumeration Strategy in remote Aboriginal Australia (2008).
'The Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia has a place on the work table of every Australian student, on the coffee table of every Australian home and on the desk of every Australian political representative.'
Senator Patrick Dodson