Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Jennifer Isaacs - Tiwi

Tiwi

Lisa Di Tommaso - The Art of The First Fleet

The Art of the First Fleet

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Browse all 29 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 (52)

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

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

Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

Trina Saffioti - Stolen Girl

Stolen Girl

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Browse all 52 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

Melissa Lucashenko - Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine - Rosemary Hayes

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine

A Most Peculiar Act - Marie Munkara

A Most Peculiar Act

Jan Reid - Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

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 Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (56)

Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow - Rivers and Resilience

Rivers and Resilience

Howard Pedersen, Banjo Woorunmurra: Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Jonathan Richards -  The Secret War - A True History of Queensland's Native Police

The Secret War - A True History of Queensland’s Native Police

Alana Valentine - Parramatta Girls and Eyes to the Floor

Parramatta Girls and Eyes to the Floor

Browse all 56 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)

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

Invasion to Embassy

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

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

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

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Too Afraid To Cry

Too Afraid to Cry

Liz Conor - Skin Deep

Skin Deep - Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (32)

Dreamkeepers - Harvey Arden

Dreamkeepers

Am I Black Enough For You - Anita Heiss

Am I Black Enough For You?

This Is What We Said

This Is What We Said

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

The Rainbow Beach Man—The Life of Les Ridgeway

Browse all 32 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (12)

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

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

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

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Browse all 12 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

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 Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Tasmanian Aborigines - Lyndall Ryan

Tasmanian Aborigines

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

A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

Dialogue About Land Justice: Papers from the National Native Title Conferences - Lisa Strelein

Dialogue About Land Justice

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

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

Browse all 44 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

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 5 May 2016