'Desert Dreamings' introduces Aboriginal concepts of art as part of culture, and the role of Aboriginal art in reflecting relationships between people, landscape and stories. A range of traditional types of art are introduced and traditional symbols are explained, using diagrams and annotated artworks. The works of several modern desert artists, and photos of artists at work, are featured in a variety of twentieth century contexts. A double page map of Central Australia and the Western Desert regions indicates the countries of the many groups of desert artists.
Last revised in 2004, the content is still relevant but lacks artworks post 1989. The work is well organised, and the amount and complexity of information presented is suitable for the audience without sacrificing authenticity. Sections are short, headings clear, with roughly equal space devoted to text and coloured illustration. Includes a useful glossary. The author is not identified as Indigenous.