My People's Dreaming

Booktopia First Nations promotion


My People’s Dreaming is drawn from extensive interviews with Uncle Max, an Aboriginal elder of the Yuin people, who lived throughout the south coast of New South Wales. He says that the teachings he reveals are "the living treasures of my life".

With My People’s Dreaming you get a rare, personal insight into the traditional teachings of an Aboriginal elder of the Yuin people, and a photographic tour through his country by photographer Peter McConchie.

In a significant section of the book, Uncle Max takes the reader through a description of the Creation story in Yuin culture. Through photos and words he reveals the significance of the giant stone beings on top of Gulaga, the sacred mountain that has now been returned to the custodianship of his people.

His teachings cover the Yuin people’s Creation Dreaming, bush lore, foods, healing, laws and punishment, spirituality and the significance of relationship to land. In passing on traditional wisdom Uncle Max focuses on three truths: See the land … the beauty; Hear the land ... the story; Feel the land … the spirit.

Uncle Max has been sharing his cultural knowledge for over 30 years. In that time he has taken more than 6000 people from all walks of life onto country and explained Aboriginal ways.

My People’s Dreaming is a key title for people interested in getting a clear and simple understanding of Aboriginal culture, suited well for schools and educational courses.

The teachings I reveal in this book are the living treasures of my life.

— Max Dulumunmun Harrison

Max Dulumunmun Harrison's book is a powerful and beautiful explanation of the strength of an Aboriginal way of life.

— Marcia Langton, Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne


  • Seeing the land
  • Yuin country
  • Gulaga Mountain and the Creation story
  • Songlines
  • The three principles of learning
  • Grandfather Fire
  • Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun
  • The truth of traditional knowledge
  • Koo-rie Koorah Wind Spirit
  • Food as medicine
  • My teachers
  • Our law and punishment
  • Totems
  • Whale elders
  • Ochre
  • Death and burial
  • Communication with the dead
  • Singing tree
  • Ceremony
  • Reading the land
  • The seasons
  • Skin names
  • Sacred places
  • Barran-guba Island
  • Initiation
  • Boundaries and borders
  • Forgiveness

Get a copy now from your favourite trusted store

Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through the below links.

Cite this page

Korff, J 2020, My People's Dreaming, <>, retrieved 14 July 2024

Creative Spirits is a starting point for everyone to learn about Aboriginal culture. Please use primary sources for academic work.

Join thousands of Smart Owls who know more!