Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Adrian Newstead - The Dealer is The Devil

The Dealer is The Devil

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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 (61)

Pamela Lofts, Agnes Lippo - The Kangaroo and the Porpoise

The Kangaroo and the Porpoise

Ezekiel Kwaymullina - My Country

My Country

The Legend of the Seven Sisters - May L. O'Brien

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

David Hardy - Alfie's Search for Destiny

Alfie’s Search for Destiny

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)

Judy Nunn - Maralinga

Maralinga

Mudrooroo - Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the End of the World

Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the End of the World

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine - Rosemary Hayes

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine

Jan Reid - Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Browse all 50 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

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

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (66)

Timothy Bottoms - Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence

Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow - Rivers and Resilience

Rivers and Resilience

Survival In Our Own Land - Christobel Mattingley

Survival in Our Own Land

Theodor Strehlow - Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

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)

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

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

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Browse all 14 Land books >

Language (4)

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

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

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

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (29)

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

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

Paddy’s Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Joan Martin (Yarrna) - A Widi Woman

A Widi Woman

Browse all 29 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (39)

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

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Eileen Harrison, Carolyn Landon - Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Amanda Webster - A Tear in the Soul

A Tear in the Soul

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

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Browse all 39 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

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

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

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

Black and Proud

John Blay - On Track

On Track

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (45)

Thelma Perso, Colleen Hayward - Teaching Indigenous Students

Teaching Indigenous Students

First Australians - Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

First Australians

Deborah Wilson - Different White People

Different White People: Radical Activism for Aboriginal Rights 1946-1972

King Brown Country - Russell Skelton

King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya

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Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne - Meyer Eidelson

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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.

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 10 December 2016