Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Heartsick for Country - Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia, Blaze Kwaymullina

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Jill Stubington - Singing The Land

Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Moonie Jarl - The Legends of Moonie Jarl

The Legends of Moonie Jarl

Derek Pugh - Tammy Damulkurra

Tammy Damulkurra

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

National Gallery of Australia - Our Land

Our Land - A Puzzle Book of Australian Aboriginal Art

Browse all 53 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

Boori Pryor, Meme McDonald - My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

A Kinchela Boy - Christopher Bevan

A Kinchela Boy

Melissa Lucashenko - Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Alan Parkinson - Maralinga - Australia's Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Maralinga - Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Noah Jed Riseman - Defending Whose Country?

Defending Whose Country?

James Boyce - 1835

1835

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia - Bain Attwood

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia

Browse all 61 History books >

Humour, Cartoons (2)

Jackie French - Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

Browse all 2 Humour, Cartoons books >

Land (11)

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Heather Goodall: Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in New South Wales, 1770-1972

Invasion to Embassy

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

Peter McConchie - Elders

Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards - Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

Browse all 34 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia - Jon Altman, Melinda Hinkson

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Clare Land - Decolonizing Solidarities - Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Sean Gorman - Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Belinda Wheeler - A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

First Australians - Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

First Australians

Singing Saltwater Country - John Bradley

Singing Saltwater Country

Lorraine Muller - A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

Browse all 44 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Darwin: A Guide to Exploring Important Sites of the Past and Present - Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Darwin

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne - Meyer Eidelson

The Melbourne Dreaming

Browse all 4 Travel books >

Are textbooks still useful?

Teaching has come a long way from purely textbook-based to spanning text, video, audio and games. With students’ attention spans decreasing and information breaking down into smaller bite sizes teachers are questioning the usefulness of books at school.

Textbooks still have a few advantages:

  • Good for novice teachers. Beginning teachers can benefit from a detailed outline of the material to be covered and the design of each lesson.
  • Organised units of work. A textbook gives you all the plans and lessons you need to cover a topic in some detail.
  • Structured information. Books provide you with a chronological presentation of information. They usually contain a detailed sequence of teaching procedures that tell you what to do and when to do it.

Good textbooks are excellent teaching aids. They’re a resource for both teachers and students.

Some teachers found that students are not motivated to read textbooks. They have had success with phasing out books and replacing them with practical exercises that are relevant to their students’ daily life experiences.

It is probably good to not use textbooks as the only resource for students. Use it as a guide, not a mandate and be free to modify, change, eliminate, or add to the material in the textbook using videos, films, music and interactive materials.

Choosing an Aboriginal textbook

In my opinion there is nothing better than learning directly from Aboriginal authors. I have witnessed their pain and suffering, their resilience and creativity as well as their joy and community by reading first-hand accounts of their lives. For this reason I have marked the author’s heritage accordingly for all books listed on CreativeSpirits.info.

Be careful with books by non-Aboriginal authors. Do they have an agenda? Are they based on myths or old colonial ideas? Are they painting Aboriginal culture only in a positive, glorifying light?

Even contemporary curriculum-approved books can get it wrong and teach “seasons and animals” followed directly by “Aboriginal seasons”, perpetuating the idea that Aboriginal people are somehow linked to flora and fauna.

It might be a good idea to talk to Aboriginal teachers to learn about their perspective and check if they have recommendations.

Finding a book

I’ve tried to help you find the book you are after with the following resources:

For the latest book releases on Aboriginal Australia shop securely in my Aboriginal Book Store.

Tip: If you dont’ know where to begin check out my Aboriginal Start Pack which contains the essential DVDs, CDs and books to get you started.

The Australian National University has studies on particular themes or regions, or a series of articles on single subjects of contemporary Indigenous topics offered as free Indigenous books for download.

Can’t find your favourite Aboriginal books?

Try a search at Fishpond, Australia’s largest supplier, cheaper than Amazon.

Fishpond

Or search a list of Aboriginal books from the Aboriginal Studies Press on Fishpond.

Aboriginal book publishers

Black Ink Press (Townsville, Queensland)
Magabala Books (Broome, Northern Territory)
IAD Press (Alice Springs, Northern Territory)
Aboriginal Studies Press (Canberra, Australian Captial Territory)
Keeaira Press (Southport, Queensland)
JB Books (Marleston, South Australia)

Books for the Australian Curriculum

If you are looking for books about Aboriginal history and culture for the Australian Curriculum check out Booktopia's collection of textbooks.

Amazon offers a number of educational teaching books.

Magabala Books offers teacher's notes to some of its children's books.

Cite this article

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