Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Adrian Newstead - The Dealer is The Devil

The Dealer is The Devil

Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan

Steady Steady - The Life and Music of Seaman Dan

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

Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Gregg Dreise - Mad Magpie

Mad Magpie

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

Gregg Dreise - Silly Birds

Silly Birds

Michael Sedunary, Bern Emmerichs - The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

Browse all 53 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

D. Bruno Starrs - That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance

That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!

Ben Andersen - Might

Might: Tension and Trouble in a Small Australian Town

Kate Grenville - The Secret River

The Secret River

The Window Seat - Archie Weller

The Window Seat And Other Stories

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

Noongar Bush Medicine

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

NPY Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation - Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (66)

Theodor Strehlow - Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Palm Island Through a Long Lens - Joanne Watson

Palm Island: Through a Long Lens

Aboriginal Victorians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Victorians

Howard Pedersen, Banjo Woorunmurra: Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Browse all 66 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)

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

Invasion to Embassy

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (4)

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

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Browse all 4 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 (28)

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

Chris Woodland - Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Browse all 28 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (37)

NT Consultations Report 2011

NT Consultations Report 2011

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

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

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

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

Yuendumu Everyday - Yasmine Musharbash

Yuendumu Everyday

Browse all 37 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

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

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

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

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

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Singing Saltwater Country - John Bradley

Singing Saltwater Country

Sarah Maddison - Beyond White Guilt

Beyond White Guilt

Dharawal - Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Dharawal

Russell McGregor - Indifferent Inclusion

Indifferent Inclusion

Browse all 44 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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 September 2016