Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

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

Heartsick for Country

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (28)

Jennifer Isaacs - Tiwi

Tiwi

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

David Brooks, Darren Jorgensen - The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time

The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time

Browse all 28 Arts books >

Business and Economy (4)

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

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 4 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Trina Saffioti - Stolen Girl

Stolen Girl

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Bittangabee Tribe - Beryl Cruse

Bittangabee Tribe

The Lizard Gang - Kirra Somerville

The Lizard Gang

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)

Jeanine Leane - Purple Threads

Purple Threads

Ben Andersen - Might

Might: Tension and Trouble in a Small Australian Town

Sweet Water - Stolen Land - Philip McLaren

Sweet Water - Stolen Land

Jan Reid - Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2

Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (60)

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

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

Trustees on Trial - Rosalind Kidd

Trustees on Trial: Recovering the Stolen Wages

Mark Moran - Serious Whitefella Stuff -- When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs

Serious Whitefella Stuff—When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs

Henry Reynolds - Forgotten War

Forgotten War

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)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Karl Erik Sveiby, Tex Skuthorpe - Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning 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

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)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Kurt Barling - The 'R' Word

The ‘R’ Word

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

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

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person, by Margaret Kemarre Turner

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person

Seven Seasons in Aurukun - Paula Shaw

Seven Seasons in Aurukun

Tripping Over Feathers - Peter Read

Tripping Over Feathers

Browse all 34 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (12)

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

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

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

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Browse all 12 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

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

John Blay - On Track

On Track

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Up from the Mission - Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia - Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

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

An appropriate citation for this document is:

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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 28 May 2016