Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

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

Heartsick for Country

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (30)

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

David Brooks, Darren Jorgensen - The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time

The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time

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

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

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (64)

Scott Prince, David Hartley - Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

Richard Frankland - Digger J Jones

Digger J Jones

Browse all 64 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (52)

Home - Larissa Behrendt

Home

Clarrie Cameron - Elephants in the Bush

Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns

The Window Seat - Archie Weller

The Window Seat And Other Stories

Anita Heiss - Avoiding Mr Right

Avoiding Mr Right

Browse all 52 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

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

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Dale Chapman - Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (68)

Throwing Off The Cloak - Elizabeth Osborne

Throwing Off the Cloak

Aboriginal Victorians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Victorians

Archaeology of the Dreamtime - Josephine Flood

Archaeology of the Dreamtime

Steaphan Paton, Cam Cope - Boorun's Canoe

Boorun’s Canoe

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 (17)

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

Fire and Hearth: A study of Aboriginal usage and European usurpation in south-western Australia

Fire and Hearth

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

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

Invasion to Embassy

Browse all 17 Land books >

Language (4)

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

Jenny Hunter - White People Are Nomads

White People Are Nomads

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

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Personal Reports and Experiences (45)

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis - Pictures From My Memory

Pictures From My Memory

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Browse all 45 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aileen Moreton-Robinson - Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (47)

Steve Morton, Mandy Martin, Kim Mahood, John Carty: Desert Lake

Desert Lake: Art, Science And Stories From Paruku

First Australians - Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

First Australians

Men's Business, Women's Business - Hannah Rachel Bell

Men’s Business, Women’s Business

Russell McGregor - Indifferent Inclusion

Indifferent Inclusion

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Travel (4)

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

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.

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