Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (27)

Ian W McLean - How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

Adrian Newstead - The Dealer is The Devil

The Dealer is The Devil

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

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)

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Sally Morgan - Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Warren Brim - ABC Dreaming

ABC Dreaming

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

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)

Sweet Water - Stolen Land - Philip McLaren

Sweet Water - Stolen Land

Noel Beddoe - The Yalda Crossing

The Yalda Crossing

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Lucy Treloar - Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Browse all 45 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (6)

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

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

Browse all 6 Health books >

History (54)

Palm Island Through a Long Lens - Joanne Watson

Palm Island: Through a Long Lens

The 1967 Referendum - Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus

The 1967 Referendum

Rock Art of the Dreamtime - Josephine Flood

Rock Art of the Dreamtime

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

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

Browse all 54 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)

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

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

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

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

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)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (26)

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Joan Martin (Yarrna) - A Widi Woman

A Widi Woman

Browse all 26 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (28)

The Rainbow Beach Man—The Life of Les Ridgeway - John Ramsland

The Rainbow Beach Man—The Life of Les Ridgeway

Margaret Kemarre Turner - Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

Browse all 28 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (11)

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

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

Megan Davis, George Williams - Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Browse all 11 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (10)

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Browse all 10 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer - Sean Gorman

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

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

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo - Lisa Strelein

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo

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

Survival - A History of Aboriginal Life in New South Wales

Men's Business, Women's Business - Hannah Rachel Bell

Men’s Business, Women’s Business

Christos Tsiolkas, Gideon Haigh, Alexis Wright - Tolerance, Prejudice and Fear

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

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 Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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

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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