About the book

The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia was developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

The book was originally published in 1994 but was revised and expanded in 2008, and again in 2012. The information in this invaluable guide to Indigenous history and contemporary culture has been reviewed by a range of leading research and teaching academics.

As an introduction to Indigenous life, the book offers a mere snapshot of our histories, cultures and identities. Nevertheless, we hope that it will encourage all Australians to learn of our connection to this land in the hope that together we might prosper as a nation in the full knowledge and acceptance of our shared history. We believe you will find much to surprise, interest and inform you in The Little Red Yellow Black Book, and we hope you will enjoy reading it.

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

AIATSIS is the world’s premier institution for information and research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Institute undertakes and encourages scholarly, ethical community-based research, holds a priceless collection of films, photographs, video and audio recordings and the world’s largest collections of printed and other resource materials for Indigenous Studies, as well as having its own publishing house, Aboriginal Studies Press.

The Institute’s activities affirm and raise awareness among all Australians, and people of other nations, of the richness and diversity of Australian Indigenous cultures and histories.

film canisters

The AIATSIS audiovisual collection comprises some 47,000 hours of audio recordings, 10,000 video titles, 650,000 photographic images and 830 items or 8 million feet of motion picture footage. Photo © AIATSIS.

books on shelves

The AIATSIS library holds one of the most comprehensive collections of print materials on Australian Indigenous studies in the world. Photo © AIATSIS.