Portraits From a Land Without People
Heartsick for Country
Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal Objects from the British Museum
Power + Colour
Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon
What is Aboriginal art?
Business and Economy (5)
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
Not Just Black and White
Engaging Indigenous Economy
How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia
Bangu the Flying Fox
Land, Sea, Sky - A Puzzle Book of Australian Aboriginal Art
Anna The Goanna
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (56)
The Binna Binna Man
Not Meeting Mr Right
The Kadaitcha Sung: A Seductive Tale of Sorcery, Eroticism And Corruption
Mutant Message Down Under
A Doctor’s Dream
Noongar Bush Medicine
Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook
Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy
Journey to Horseshoe Bend
Freedom Ride - A Freedom Rider Remembers
Hidden in Plain View – The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
Fire and the Story of Burning Country
What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW
Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights
Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia
The Australian National Dictionary
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal ways of using English
Law & Justice (4)
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
The Law of the Land
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Singing the Coast
Old Man’s Story
White People Are Nomads
Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling
Personal Reports and Experiences (50)
Maralinga’s Long Shadow
Walk With Us
Last Truck Out
Dog Ear Café
In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads
In the Absence of Treaty
Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform
Spirituality & Poetry (16)
Lemons in the Chicken Wire
Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story
Patty Hits the Court
The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)
Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia
Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6
A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory
Teaching Aboriginal Studies
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.