Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (27)

Vivien Johnson - The Streets of Papunya

The Streets of Papunya

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

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

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the future

Remembering the Future

Browse all 27 Arts books >

Business and Economy (3)

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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)

Daisy Utemorrah - Do Not Go Around the Edges

Do Not Go Around the Edges

Dub (David) Leffler - Once There Was A Boy

Once There Was A Boy

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit - Mundara Koorang

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit

Norma MacDonald - Spinifex Mouse

Spinifex Mouse

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)

Clarrie Cameron - Elephants in the Bush

Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns

Sue Woolfe - The Oldest Song In The World

The Oldest Song in the World

Kim Scott - That Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Bruce Pascoe - Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Browse all 45 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (6)

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 6 Health books >

History (54)

Jennifer Jones - Country Women and the Colour Bar

Country Women and the Colour Bar

Jessie Lennon - I'm the One That Know this Country!

I’m the One That Know this Country!

The 1967 Referendum - Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus

The 1967 Referendum

Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow - Rivers and Resilience

Rivers and Resilience

Browse all 54 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)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

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

Invasion to Embassy

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Heidi Norman - What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

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

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)

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 (26)

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

Kurt Barling - The 'R' Word

The ‘R’ Word

Ronnie - Tasmanian Songman - Ronnie Summers

Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

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

Browse all 26 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (28)

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

NT Consultations Report 2011

NT Consultations Report 2011

Browse all 28 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (11)

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

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

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Browse all 11 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (10)

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Browse all 10 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

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

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

John Blay - On Track

On Track

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)

Nigel Parbury: Survival - A History of Aboriginal Life in New South Wales

Survival - A History of Aboriginal Life in New South Wales

Us Mob - Mudrooroo

Us Mob

The Tall Man - Chloe Hooper

The Tall Man

Singing Saltwater Country - John Bradley

Singing Saltwater Country

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

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

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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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 12 February 2016