Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities are now compiling a cache of books geared to celebrate their culture and many languages. They are publishing the works of their writers and artists and promoting the myriad of different voices of Indigenous Australia.
For over 40 years, IAD Press has been compiling and publishing these books with cultural integrity. They include unique Aboriginal children’s books, fiction stories, books about natural history, guides to bush foods and medicines, dictionaries and biographies, collections of poetry and short stories and calendars featuring desert art.
Based in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), the traditional lands of the Arrernte people, IAD Press is the publishing arm of the Institute for Aboriginal Development (Aboriginal Corporation), a not-for-profit Aboriginal community controlled organisation.
A significant contributor to the IAD publication Central Anmatyerr Picture Dictionary is Northern Territory Aboriginal Elder, artist and assistant teacher April Campbell Napangardi.