Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

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Arts (34)

Ian McLean - Rattling Spears

Rattling Spears

Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan

Steady Steady - The Life and Music of Seaman Dan

Midawarr Harvest: The Art of Mulkum Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

Midawarr Harvest: The Art of Mulkum Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

Vivien Johnson - The Streets of Papunya

The Streets of Papunya

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Business and Economy (5)

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

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

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (68)

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu - Diane Lucas and Ken Searle

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu

The Lizard Gang - Kirra Somerville

The Lizard Gang

The Legend of the Seven Sisters - May L. O'Brien

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - The Creatures of Dryden Gully

The Creatures of Dryden Gully

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Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

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Fiction, Novels (55)

Nicole Watson - The Boundary

The Boundary

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

Kim Scott - Taboo

Taboo

The Nargun And The Stars - Patricia Wrightson

The Nargun And The Stars

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Health (10)

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

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

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

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History (71)

Lyn Steward - Blood Revenge

Blood Revenge - Murder On The Hawkesbury 1799

Anna Haebich, Steve Mickler - A Boy's Short Life: The True Story Of Warren Braedon

A Boy’s Short Life: The True Story Of Warren Braedon

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys - Keith Vincent Smith

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys

Jennifer Jones - Country Women and the Colour Bar

Country Women and the Colour Bar

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Humour, Cartoons (2)

Jackie French - Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

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Land (17)

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Kate Glaskin - Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea

Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea

Joy Murphy - Welcome To Country

Welcome To Country

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Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

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

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

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Mythology (5)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

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People (33)

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Kurt Barling - The 'R' Word

The ‘R’ Word

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Chris Woodland - Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

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Personal Reports and Experiences (48)

W.J. Peasley - The Last of the Nomads

The Last of the Nomads

Eileen Harrison, Carolyn Landon - Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person, by Margaret Kemarre Turner

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards - Two Sisters

Two Sisters

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Politics (16)

Aileen Moreton-Robinson - Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

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

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Spirituality & Poetry (14)

Our Mob, God's Story

Our Mob, God’s Story

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Paul Callaghan - Iridescence

Iridescence

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Sport (13)

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

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

John Blay - On Track

On Track

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas - Patty And The Shadows

Patty and the Shadows

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Tim Rowse - Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901

Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901

Gary Johns - Aboriginal Self-Determination

Aboriginal Self-Determination

Frank Brennan - No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

Lynne Kelly - The Memory Code - The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over

The Memory Code

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Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Darwin: A Guide to Exploring Important Sites of the Past and Present - Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Darwin

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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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