Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (27)

Terri-Ann White - Desert Writing

Desert Writing

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Clinton Walker - Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

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

Browse all 27 Arts books >

Business and Economy (3)

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

Browse all 3 Business and Economy books >

Children (50)

Bronwyn Bancroft - Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

Gladys Milroy - Dingo's Tree

Dingo’s Tree

Scott Prince, Dave Hartley - Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search

Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe - The Girl From The Great Sandy Desert

Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

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)

Sue Lawson - Freedom Ride

Freedom Ride

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

Paris Dreaming - Anita Heiss

Paris Dreaming

Legacy - Larissa Behrendt

Legacy

Browse all 45 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (6)

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Browse all 6 Health books >

History (54)

Palm Island Through a Long Lens - Joanne Watson

Palm Island: Through a Long Lens

Grease and Ochre - Patsy Cameron

Grease and Ochre

Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow - Rivers and Resilience

Rivers and Resilience

Jane Mills - Jedda

Jedda

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)

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

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

Invasion to Embassy

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

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

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)

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 (26)

Liz Conor - Skin Deep

Skin Deep - Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

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

Chris Woodland - Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Browse all 26 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (28)

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

I'm Not Racist But - Anita Heiss

I’m Not Racist But…

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

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

Browse all 28 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (11)

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Browse all 11 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (10)

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Browse all 10 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Russell McGregor - Indifferent Inclusion

Indifferent Inclusion

Lorraine Muller - A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

First Australians - Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

First Australians

The Little Red Yellow Black Book - Bruce Pascoe

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

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Travel (4)

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

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

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.

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