Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

Heartsick for Country

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (28)

Lisa Di Tommaso - The Art of The First Fleet

The Art of the First Fleet

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Browse all 28 Arts books >

Business and Economy (4)

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Browse all 4 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Moonie Jarl - The Legends of Moonie Jarl

The Legends of Moonie Jarl

Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina: Sam's Bush Journey

Sam’s Bush Journey

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Richard Frankland - Digger J Jones

Digger J Jones

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)

Pemulwuy Weeatunga: The Fethafoot Chronicles: Nyarla and The Circle of Stones

The Fethafoot Chronicles: Nyarla and The Circle of Stones

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Clarrie Cameron - Elephants in the Bush

Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Maggie Brady - Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy – Meeting Difference with Indifference

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (60)

Jane Mills - Jedda

Jedda

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

Maralinga - Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Murray Johnson, Ian McFarlane: Van Diemen's Land - An Aboriginal History

Van Diemen’s Land - An Aboriginal History

Archaeology of the Dreamtime - Josephine Flood

Archaeology of the Dreamtime

Browse all 60 History books >

Humour, Cartoons (2)

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

Jackie French - Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Browse all 2 Humour, Cartoons books >

Land (11)

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

Invasion to Embassy

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

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

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Too Afraid To Cry

Too Afraid to Cry

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York - Roy McIvor

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York

Am I Black Enough For You - Anita Heiss

Am I Black Enough For You?

Dreamkeepers - Harvey Arden

Dreamkeepers

Browse all 34 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (12)

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus - Peter Sutton

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Megan Davis, George Williams - Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Browse all 12 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Dizzy - The Jason Gillespie Story - Jason Gillespie, Lawrie Colliver

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer - Sean Gorman

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Men's Business, Women's Business - Hannah Rachel Bell

Men’s Business, Women’s Business

Kaye Price - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Belinda Wheeler - A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

Steve Morton, Mandy Martin, Kim Mahood, John Carty: Desert Lake

Desert Lake: Art, Science And Stories From Paruku

Browse all 44 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Darwin

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

An appropriate citation for this document is:

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