Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

Heartsick for Country

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

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Arts (29)

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Mawurndjul: Rarrk

Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan

Steady Steady - The Life and Music of Seaman Dan

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

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)

Derek Pugh - Tammy Damulkurra

Tammy Damulkurra

Moonie Jarl - The Legends of Moonie Jarl

The Legends of Moonie Jarl

Desert Dog - Pat Lowe

Desert Dog

The Lizard Gang - Kirra Somerville

The Lizard Gang

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Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

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Fiction, Novels (48)

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Judy Nunn - Maralinga

Maralinga

Kim Scott - That Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Bruce Pascoe - Sea Horse

Sea Horse

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Health (8)

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

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

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (60)

Jonathan Richards -  The Secret War - A True History of Queensland's Native Police

The Secret War - A True History of Queensland’s Native Police

Henry Reynolds - A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania

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

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia

Aboriginal Victorians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Victorians

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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)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

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)

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 (27)

Peter McConchie - Elders

Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

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

Paddy’s Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson

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Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

Simon Flagg, Dr Sebastian Gurciullo - Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Sally Morgan - My Place

My Place

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Stan Grant - Tears of Strangers

Tears of Strangers

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Politics (14)

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

Rhonda Craven, Anthony Dillon, Nigel Parbury - In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

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Spirituality & Poetry (11)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

John Blay - On Track

On Track

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo - Lisa Strelein

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo

Belinda Wheeler - A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

Allison Cadzow, John Maynard - Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

David Mowaljarlai, Jutta Malnic - Yorro Yorro

Yorro Yorro

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Travel (4)

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

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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.

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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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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 30 June 2016