Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (30)

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Ian W McLean - How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

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Mawurndjul: Rarrk

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Browse all 30 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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

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)

One Arm Point Remote Community School - Our World

Our World—Bardi-Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon

Moonie Jarl - The Legends of Moonie Jarl

The Legends of Moonie Jarl

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Sally Morgan - Cyclone Fever: Mates

Cyclone Fever: Mates

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 (52)

Anita Heiss - Not Meeting Mr Right

Not Meeting Mr Right

Scream Black Murder - Philip McLaren

Scream Black Murder

Bruce Pascoe - Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Sue Woolfe - The Oldest Song In The World

The Oldest Song in the World

Browse all 52 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

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

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (68)

Elizabeth Tynan - Atomic Thunder - The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder - The Maralinga Story

Henry Reynolds - Frontier: Aborigines, Settlers and Land

Frontier: Aborigines, Settlers and Land

Libby Connors - Warrior

Warrior

Charlie Ward - Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Browse all 68 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 (15)

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Karl Erik Sveiby, Tex Skuthorpe - Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Murray Garde  (ed.) - Something About Emus

Something About Emus

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

Browse all 15 Land books >

Language (4)

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

Various authors - Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

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Personal Reports and Experiences (42)

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin - Mary Terszak

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Marie Munkara - Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis - Pictures From My Memory

Pictures From My Memory

Browse all 42 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

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

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Dizzy - The Jason Gillespie Story - Jason Gillespie, Lawrie Colliver

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (46)

Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley - Paul Memmott

Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley

Sarah Maddison - Beyond White Guilt

Beyond White Guilt

Gary Johns - Aboriginal Self-Determination

Aboriginal Self-Determination

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

Dialogue About Land Justice

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Travel (4)

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 30 March 2017