Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

Heartsick for Country

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (28)

Jill Stubington - Singing The Land

Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life

British Museum - Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum

Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal Objects from the British Museum

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

Browse all 28 Arts books >

Business and Economy (4)

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

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Browse all 4 Business and Economy books >

Children (52)

Shake A Leg - Boori Monty Pryor

Shake a Leg

Tony Flowers - Hello

Hello!

Bronwyn Bancroft - Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

Why I Love Australia - Bronwyn Bancroft

Why I Love Australia

Browse all 52 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Jan Reid - Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2

Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2

Boori Pryor, Meme McDonald - My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Anita Heiss - Tiddas

Tiddas

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (56)

Noah Jed Riseman - Defending Whose Country?

Defending Whose Country?

Rock Art of the Dreamtime - Josephine Flood

Rock Art of the Dreamtime

Theodor Strehlow - Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Browse all 56 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)

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

Invasion to Embassy

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

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)

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

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

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)

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Auntie Rita - Rita Huggins, Jackie Huggins

Auntie Rita

Joan Martin (Yarrna) - A Widi Woman

A Widi Woman

Liz Conor - Skin Deep

Skin Deep - Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (32)

This Is What We Said

This Is What We Said

Life B'Long Ali Drummond - Smantha Faulkner, Ali Drummond

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

The Rainbow Beach Man—The Life of Les Ridgeway - John Ramsland

The Rainbow Beach Man—The Life of Les Ridgeway

NT Consultations Report 2011

NT Consultations Report 2011

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Politics (12)

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

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

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

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Spirituality & Poetry (10)

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Browse all 10 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

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

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

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

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

Desert Lake: Art, Science And Stories From Paruku

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

Dharawal - Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Dharawal

Minoru Hokari - Gurindji Journey

Gurindji Journey

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Travel (4)

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

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

Aboriginal Darwin

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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