This Country Anytime Anywhere
Is That You Ruthie?
Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy
Heartsick for Country
Gurrumul: His Life and Music
Our Mob, God’s Story
Art + Soul
Power + Colour
Business and Economy (5)
Not Just Black and White
Aboriginal Economy and Society
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia
Patty Hits the Court
Say Yes: A story of friendship, fairness and a vote for hope
My Mob Going to the Beach
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (56)
Scream Black Murder
A Doctor’s Dream
The Story of Yudum
First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog
Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy
Conspiracy of Silence
The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors
Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, And Will Be
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
Something About Emus
The Biggest Estate on Earth
Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha
The Power of Bones
Aboriginal ways of using English
The Australian National Dictionary
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
Law & Justice (4)
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
The Law of the Land
Singing the Coast
Ray: Stories of My Life
The Wailing—A National Black Oral History
Us Women, Our Ways, Our World
Personal Reports and Experiences (49)
A Boy’s Life
Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life
Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea
Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land
The Intervention: An anthology
In the Absence of Treaty
Spirituality & Poetry (15)
White Christ Black Cross
Litte Bit Long Time
Rainbow Spirit Theology
Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer
Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG
Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)
A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature
Men’s Business, Women’s Business
Singing Saltwater Country
The Melbourne Dreaming
Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
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.
Or search a list of Aboriginal books from the Aboriginal Studies Press on Fishpond.
Aboriginal book publishers
- Black Ink Press (Townsville, Queensland)
- Magabala Books (Broome, Northern Territory)
- IAD Press (Alice Springs, Northern Territory)
- Aboriginal Studies Press (Canberra, Australian Captial Territory)
- Keeaira Press (Southport, Queensland)
- JB Books (Marleston, South Australia)
- Budburra Books (Murgon, Queensland)
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.