Antipodes: Poetic Responses
Portraits From a Land Without People
Heartsick for Country
This Country Anytime Anywhere
What is Aboriginal art?
Art + Soul
The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time
Business and Economy (4)
Aboriginal Economy and Society
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia
Not Just Black and White
My Mob Going to the Beach
The Lizard Gang
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (48)
Might: Tension and Trouble in a Small Australian Town
Sweet Water - Stolen Land
Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2
Healers of Arnhem Land
Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care
A Doctor’s Dream
The Story of Yudum
The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills
Trustees on Trial: Recovering the Stolen Wages
Serious Whitefella Stuff—When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
The Biggest Estate on Earth
Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People
Fire and the Story of Burning Country
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
Aboriginal ways of using English
Law & Justice (3)
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Singing the Coast
The ‘R’ Word
I’m Not Racist But - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act
Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice
Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family
Personal Reports and Experiences (34)
My Bundjalung People
Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person
Seven Seasons in Aurukun
Tripping Over Feathers
The Forgotten People
The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus
Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia
Spirituality & Poetry (11)
The Lamb Enters the Dreaming
White Christ Black Cross
Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo
Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story
Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)
Up from the Mission
Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia
A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
The Biggest Estate on Earth
The Melbourne Dreaming
Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
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.
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.
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.