Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (39)

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

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Browse all 39 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (73)

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

National Gallery of Australia - Land, Sea, Sky

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

Gregg Dreise - Kookoo the Kookaburra

Kookoo Kookaburra

Anna The Goanna - Jill McDougall

Anna The Goanna

Browse all 73 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (56)

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor - The Binna Binna Man

The Binna Binna Man

Anita Heiss - Not Meeting Mr Right

Not Meeting Mr Right

Sam Watson: The Kadaitcha Sung: A Seductive Tale of Sorcery, Eroticism And Corruption

The Kadaitcha Sung: A Seductive Tale of Sorcery, Eroticism And Corruption

Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgan

Mutant Message Down Under

Browse all 56 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Noongar Bush Medicine

Dale Chapman - Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (81)

Theodor Strehlow - Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Hugh Dolan, Adrian Threlfall: Reg Saunders

Reg Saunders

Ann Curthoys - Freedom Ride

Freedom Ride - A Freedom Rider Remembers

Paul Irish: Hidden in Plain View – The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney

Hidden in Plain View – The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney

Browse all 81 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 (19)

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

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

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia

Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia

Browse all 19 Land books >

Language (4)

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

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 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

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 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (34)

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Bill Neidjie - Old Man's Story

Old Man’s Story

Jenny Hunter - White People Are Nomads

White People Are Nomads

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Browse all 34 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (50)

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

Last Truck Out - Betty Lockyer

Last Truck Out

Dog Ear Cafe - Andrew Stojanovksi

Dog Ear Café

Browse all 50 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (16)

Paul Callaghan - Iridescence

Iridescence

Lisa Bellear: Aboriginal Country

Aboriginal Country

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Browse all 16 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (14)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas - Patty Hits The Court

Patty Hits the Court

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Browse all 14 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia - Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia

Allison Cadzow, John Maynard - Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

Rhonda Craven - Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Browse all 49 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

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 Resources Starter 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. The Digital Book Index also keeps a list of free Aboriginal books.

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 25 April 2018