Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

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

Heartsick for Country

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Stephen Page, Greg Barrett - Clan

Clan: Bangarra Dance Theatre

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (61)

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit - Mundara Koorang

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Gregg Dreise - Kookoo the Kookaburra

Kookoo Kookaburra

Rose Giannone - What's Your Story

What’s Your Story

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)

Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgan

Mutant Message Down Under

Anita Heiss - Manhattan Dreaming

Manhattan Dreaming

Jeanine Leane - Purple Threads

Purple Threads

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor - The Binna Binna Man

The Binna Binna Man

Browse all 50 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

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

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (66)

Throwing Off The Cloak - Elizabeth Osborne

Throwing Off the Cloak

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

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia

Henry Reynolds - Fate of a Free People

Fate of a Free People

Henry Reynolds - A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania

Browse all 66 History books >

Humour, Cartoons (2)

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

Jackie French - Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

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

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

Invasion to Embassy

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

Browse all 14 Land books >

Language (4)

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (31)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Too Afraid To Cry

Too Afraid to Cry

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Stan Grant - Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Browse all 31 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (40)

Simon Flagg, Dr Sebastian Gurciullo - Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Tripping Over Feathers - Peter Read

Tripping Over Feathers

Margaret Kemarre Turner - Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Browse all 40 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Clare Land - Decolonizing Solidarities - Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia - Jon Altman, Melinda Hinkson

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

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

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (46)

Helen Hughes - Lands of Shame

Lands of Shame

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Dharawal - Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Dharawal

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Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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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