Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

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Arts (29)

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Jennifer Isaacs - Tiwi

Tiwi

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

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

Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Browse all 29 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

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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 (61)

Warren Brim - ABC Dreaming

ABC Dreaming

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

Richard Frankland - Digger J Jones

Digger J Jones

First Australians: Plenty of Stories - Trish Albert

First Australians: Plenty Stories

Browse all 61 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (50)

Anita Heiss - Manhattan Dreaming

Manhattan Dreaming

Kim Scott - That Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

The Nargun And The Stars - Patricia Wrightson

The Nargun And The Stars

Dylan Coleman - Mazin Grace

Mazin Grace

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Health (9)

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Noongar Bush Medicine

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (67)

Timothy Bottoms - Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence

Shirleene Robinson - Something Like Slavery: Queensland's Aboriginal Child Workers 1942-1945

Something Like Slavery: Queensland’s Aboriginal Child Workers 1942-1945

Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow - Rivers and Resilience

Rivers and Resilience

Hugh Dolan, Adrian Threlfall: Reg Saunders

Reg Saunders

Browse all 67 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 (14)

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

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

Invasion to Embassy

Browse all 14 Land books >

Language (4)

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

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

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

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

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (31)

Chris Woodland - Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Ann McGrath - Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

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Personal Reports and Experiences (41)

Daryl Tonkin, Carolyn Landon - Jackson's Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Jackson’s Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Amanda Webster - A Tear in the Soul

A Tear in the Soul

Sally Morgan - My Place

My Place

Victoria Haskins, John Maynard - Living With The Locals

Living with the Locals

Browse all 41 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

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

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Sport (11)

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

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

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

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 (46)

Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley - Paul Memmott

Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley

Allison Cadzow, John Maynard - Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

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

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

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

Dialogue About Land Justice

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Travel (4)

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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. 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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