Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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?

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

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

Heartsick for Country

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (30)

Ian McLean - Rattling Spears

Rattling Spears

Jennifer Isaacs - Tiwi

Tiwi

Vivien Johnson - The Streets of Papunya

The Streets of Papunya

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Browse all 30 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

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

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (66)

Bittangabee Tribe - Beryl Cruse

Bittangabee Tribe

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

Sally Morgan - Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Bruce Pascoe - Fog a Dox

Fog a Dox

Browse all 66 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (55)

Anita Heiss: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

The Window Seat - Archie Weller

The Window Seat And Other Stories

Lance Morcan, James Morcan - White Spirit

White Spirit

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine - Rosemary Hayes

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine

Browse all 55 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

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

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (68)

James Boyce - 1835

1835

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia - Bain Attwood

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Libby Connors - Warrior

Warrior

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)

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

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

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 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)

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

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

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

Paddy's Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson - Kevin Keeffe

Paddy’s Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Ray Martin: Stories of My Life

Ray: Stories of My Life

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

Browse all 32 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (46)

Victoria Haskins, John Maynard - Living With The Locals

Living with the Locals

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

Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

I'm Not Racist But - Anita Heiss

I’m Not Racist But…

Seven Seasons in Aurukun - Paula Shaw

Seven Seasons in Aurukun

Browse all 46 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Aileen Moreton-Robinson - Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus - Peter Sutton

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Paul Callaghan - Iridescence

Iridescence

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (13)

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

Black and Proud

Sean Gorman - Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Browse all 13 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (47)

Felicity Collins, Therese Davis - Australian Cinema After Mabo

Australian Cinema After Mabo

Russell McGregor - Indifferent Inclusion

Indifferent Inclusion

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

The Little Red Yellow Black Book - Bruce Pascoe

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

Browse all 47 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

Aboriginal Darwin

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

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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