Over 250 Indigenous Australian language groups covered the continent at the time of European settlement in 1788.Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass away.The book has a central character, a woman called Sue Coleman Haseldine.
Indigenous Australians are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia, descended from groups that existed in Australia and surrounding islands prior to British colonisation.
The time of arrival of the first Indigenous Australians is a matter of debate among researchers.
Use of either Aborigine(s) or Aboriginal(s) to refer to individuals has acquired negative connotations in some sectors of the community, and it is generally regarded as insensitive and even offensive.
The more accepted expression is Aboriginal Australians or Aboriginal people.
A further 4% of Indigenous Australians identify themselves as having both Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal heritage.
Many Indigenous organisations incorporate the phrase "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander" to highlight the distinctiveness and importance of Torres Strait Islanders in Australia's Indigenous population.
This has been another factor in the promotion of the more inclusive term "Indigenous Australians".
Six percent of Indigenous Australians identify themselves fully as Torres Strait Islanders.
It soon became capitalised and employed as the common name to refer to all Indigenous Australians.