Publication Details

This article was originally published as Organ, MK, Australian Aboriginal Dreaming Stories: A Chronological Bibliography of Published Works 1789-1991, Aboriginal History, 18(2), 1994, 123-144.


The bibliography lists published works relating to Aboriginal stories which have been labelled by non-Aboriginal Australians with a variety of terms: myths or mythology, legends, fairy tales, superstitions, fables, traditions, stories, dreamtime stories, narratives or even ghost stories. Preference is now given to the use of the term ‘dreaming stories’. For a discussion of the various definitions and classifications of such material by Australian anthropologists and ethnologists refer Hiatt (1975). Interpretation by local and overseas researchers and academics has not been addressed in detail within this bibliography as such a topic covers a vast field, but some such items have been included. The emphasis has remained on publications which include collections of Aboriginal dreaming stories, though there are some exceptions to this rule, especially among the earlier references, for example, Tench 1789 and Collins 1798, where mere portions or retellings of such stories are to be found.