Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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

Heartsick for Country

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (35)

British Museum - Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum

Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal Objects from the British Museum

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Darren Jorgensen, Ian W. McLean (eds.) - Indigenous Archives – The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art

Indigenous Archives – The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Browse all 35 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

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (68)

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas - Patty And The Shadows

Patty and the Shadows

Lisa Miranda Sarzin - Stories For Simon

Stories for Simon

Scott Prince, David Hartley - Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Scott Prince, Dave Hartley - Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search

Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search

Browse all 68 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (55)

Gary Taaffe - Urban Hunters

Urban Hunters series

Dream Time - Sarah Starr

Dream Time

Kim Scott - Taboo

Taboo

Home - Larissa Behrendt

Home

Browse all 55 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

NPY Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation - Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Noongar Bush Medicine

Dale Chapman - Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (72)

Chris Owen - Every Mother's Son is Guilty

Every Mother’s Son is Guilty

Diane Bell - Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin

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

Survival In Our Own Land - Christobel Mattingley

Survival in Our Own Land

Henry Reynolds - The Other Side of the Frontier

The Other Side of the Frontier

Browse all 72 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 (17)

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Browse all 17 Land books >

Language (4)

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

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

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (33)

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

Auntie Rita - Rita Huggins, Jackie Huggins

Auntie Rita

Kurt Barling - The 'R' Word

The ‘R’ Word

Ann McGrath - Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

Browse all 33 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (49)

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person, by Margaret Kemarre Turner

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person

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

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Sally Bin Demin - Once in Broome

Once in Broome

Browse all 49 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Megan Davis, George Williams - Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus - Peter Sutton

The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (14)

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Browse all 14 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (13)

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

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

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

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Dizzy - The Jason Gillespie Story - Jason Gillespie, Lawrie Colliver

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Browse all 13 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Kaye Price - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Us Mob - Mudrooroo

Us Mob

Ray Norris, Cilla Norris - Emu Dreaming (Aboriginal astronomy)

Emu Dreaming: An Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

Browse all 49 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

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

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 19 November 2017