Many stories are considered to be of a secret or sacred nature and only to be told to certain people. For example, men have stories associated with initiation grounds that must not be revealed to any but an initiated male.
Women have stories that they tell only among themselves. Younger, or unmarried women are not permitted to hear such stories, and to tell them or permit them to be told to the ‘wrong’ person is a serious breach of law.
The secret/sacred nature of some stories has parallels through Indigenous life; certain sites may only be visited by certain groups-women, elders, for the purposes of initiation, and so on.
All the stories contained on this site are suitable for general telling. The stories themselves were selected and presented by the various custodians or storytellers.
You can read the full list of Dreamtime stories here.