The stories in this collection were obtained at thirteen islands, within the archipelago of the Torres Strait, between Cape York, the northern point of Queensland, and the south coast of Papua New Guinea. The Islanders, despite nearly a century of continuous and increasing contact with European ways and thought, have been able to retain unbroken links with their past. It is these people, who over a period of four years, made a conscious effort to pass on to the general reader, whether they live in Torres Strait or elsewhere, part of their heritage which is embodied in legend and myth. (Source: Introduction by Margaret Lawrie)
'The Dreaming Stories as seen on ABC are a terrific series of animated films based on Australian Aboriginal storytelling (oral histories) that have been maintained as a body of knowledge for over 40,000 years.
Children love them and adults are amazed at what they learn about Australia from each story.
The stories tell us things about the land, animals and birds, the trees, waterholes, rivers, sea life, the stars, society and behaviour, lore, morals and respect and cultural diversity. Many Dreaming stories tell us about the creation of the world and the spiritual life in all things that exist in the world.
But most of all they are stories that entertain and take you on a journey through time as you share in their secrets and revelations about Indigenous Australia.'