Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

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

Heartsick for Country

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (38)

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Our Mob, God's Story

Our Mob, God’s Story

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

Browse all 38 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (73)

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas - Patty Hits The Court

Patty Hits the Court

Desert Dog - Pat Lowe

Desert Dog

Jennifer Castles, Paul Seden - Say Yes: A story of friendship, fairness and a vote for hope

Say Yes: A story of friendship, fairness and a vote for hope

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Browse all 73 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (56)

Dream Time - Sarah Starr

Dream Time

Paris Dreaming - Anita Heiss

Paris Dreaming

Lance Morcan, James Morcan - White Spirit

White Spirit

Scream Black Murder - Philip McLaren

Scream Black Murder

Browse all 56 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

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

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (78)

Ken Mulvaney - Murujuga Marni -- The Rock Art of the Macropod Hunters and the Mollusc Harvesters

Murujuga Marni

Timothy Bottoms - Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence

Bain Attwood - The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors

Diane Bell - Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin

Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, And Will Be

Browse all 78 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 (18)

Murray Garde  (ed.) - Something About Emus

Something About Emus

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Siena Stubbs - Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Browse all 18 Land books >

Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (33)

Ray Martin: Stories of My Life

Ray: Stories of My Life

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

Various authors - Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

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Personal Reports and Experiences (49)

Jack Davis - A Boy's Life

A Boy’s Life

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

Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

Marie Munkara - Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

Browse all 49 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Kevin Gilbert: Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (15)

Paul Callaghan - Iridescence

Iridescence

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Rainbow Spirit Elders - Rainbow Spirit Theology

Rainbow Spirit Theology

Browse all 15 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (14)

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer - Sean Gorman

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Belinda Wheeler - A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature

Men's Business, Women's Business - Hannah Rachel Bell

Men’s Business, Women’s Business

Singing Saltwater Country - John Bradley

Singing Saltwater Country

Minoru Hokari - Gurindji Journey

Gurindji Journey

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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 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

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 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.

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 24 January 2018