Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Terri-Ann White - Desert Writing

Desert Writing

Adrian Newstead - The Dealer is The Devil

The Dealer is The Devil

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

Lisa Di Tommaso - The Art of The First Fleet

The Art of the First Fleet

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

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 (53)

Wunambi: The Water Snake - May L. O'Brien

Wunambi: The Water Snake

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Michael Sedunary, Bern Emmerichs - The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

Browse all 53 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

Anita Heiss - Avoiding Mr Right

Avoiding Mr Right

Scream Black Murder - Philip McLaren

Scream Black Murder

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

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

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Mark Moran - Serious Whitefella Stuff -- When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs

Serious Whitefella Stuff—When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs

Anna Haebich, Steve Mickler - A Boy's Short Life: The True Story Of Warren Braedon

A Boy’s Short Life: The True Story Of Warren Braedon

Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap - The Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Alexandra Roginski - The Hanged Man and the Body Thief

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief

Browse all 61 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 (11)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

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

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Bronwyn Carlson - The Politics of Identity

The Politics of Identity - Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin - Mary Terszak

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin

Every Secret Thing - Marie Munkara

Every Secret Thing

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

Tripping Over Feathers - Peter Read

Tripping Over Feathers

Browse all 34 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Blay - On Track

On Track

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

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

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

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Helen Hughes - Lands of Shame

Lands of Shame

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

Up from the Mission - Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission

Tasmanian Aborigines - Lyndall Ryan

Tasmanian Aborigines

Browse all 44 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.

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

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)

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

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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 27 July 2016