Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

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Arts (29)

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan

Steady Steady - The Life and Music of Seaman Dan

Vivien Johnson - The Streets of Papunya

The Streets of Papunya

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals - Bronwyn Bancroft

An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Jane Christopherson - Kakadu Calling

Kakadu Calling

National Gallery of Australia - Land, Sea, Sky

Land, Sea, Sky - A Puzzle Book of Australian Aboriginal Art

Browse all 53 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

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Fiction, Novels (48)

Gary Taaffe - Urban Hunters

Urban Hunters series

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

Sweet Water - Stolen Land - Philip McLaren

Sweet Water - Stolen Land

Anita Heiss - Tiddas

Tiddas

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Health (8)

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Diane Bell - Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin

Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, And Will Be

Geoffrey Blainey - Triumph Of The Nomads

Triumph Of The Nomads

Fight for Liberty and Freedom - John Maynard

Fight for Liberty and Freedom

Ken Mulvaney - Murujuga Marni -- The Rock Art of the Macropod Hunters and the Mollusc Harvesters

Murujuga Marni

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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)

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

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

Invasion to Embassy

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)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

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

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Stan Grant - Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

Liz Conor - Skin Deep

Skin Deep - Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

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Personal Reports and Experiences (36)

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

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

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Simon Flagg, Dr Sebastian Gurciullo - Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

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Politics (14)

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

Kevin Gilbert: Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

Clare Land - Decolonizing Solidarities - Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

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Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

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Sport (11)

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Sean Gorman - Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

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

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Felicity Collins, Therese Davis - Australian Cinema After Mabo

Australian Cinema After Mabo

Us Mob - Mudrooroo

Us Mob

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo - Lisa Strelein

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo

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Travel (4)

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

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

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 29 August 2016