Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (27)

The Circuit

The Circuit

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Gaye Sculthorpe - Indigenous Australia - Enduring Civilisation

Indigenous Australia - Enduring Civilisation

Browse all 27 Arts books >

Business and Economy (3)

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

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

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Browse all 3 Business and Economy books >

Children (50)

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu - Diane Lucas and Ken Searle

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu

Desert Dog - Pat Lowe

Desert Dog

Rose Giannone - What's Your Story

What’s Your Story

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Browse all 50 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (45)

Boori Pryor, Meme McDonald - My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Jeanine Leane - Purple Threads

Purple Threads

Kim Scott - That Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Steve Hawke - Jandamarra

Jandamarra

Browse all 45 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (6)

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

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Browse all 6 Health books >

History (54)

Aboriginal Australians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Australians

Jane Lydon - The Flash of Recognition

The Flash of Recognition

Trustees on Trial - Rosalind Kidd

Trustees on Trial: Recovering the Stolen Wages

Ian D Clark, Fred Cahir (editors) - The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

Browse all 54 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)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

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)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

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

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (26)

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

I’m Not Racist But - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

Paddy's Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson - Kevin Keeffe

Paddy’s Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson

Liz Conor - Skin Deep

Skin Deep - Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Browse all 26 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (28)

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

Eileen Harrison, Carolyn Landon - Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Hey Mum What's a Half Caste? - Lorraine McGee-Sippel

Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

Browse all 28 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (11)

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

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

Browse all 11 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (10)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Browse all 10 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

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

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

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

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

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Felicity Collins, Therese Davis - Australian Cinema After Mabo

Australian Cinema After Mabo

Rhonda Craven - Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Marcia Langton - The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

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)

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

Aboriginal Darwin

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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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