Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

Heartsick for Country

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

Vivien Johnson -  Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists

Stephen Page, Greg Barrett - Clan

Clan: Bangarra Dance Theatre

Vivien Johnson - The Streets of Papunya

The Streets of Papunya

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

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 (53)

Desert Dog - Pat Lowe

Desert Dog

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe - The Girl From The Great Sandy Desert

Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina: Sam's Bush Journey

Sam’s Bush Journey

Michelle Gillespie - Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

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)

Lucy Treloar - Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgan

Mutant Message Down Under

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Alexis Wright - Carpentaria

Carpentaria

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (66)

Hugh Dolan, Adrian Threlfall: Reg Saunders

Reg Saunders

Jennifer Jones - Country Women and the Colour Bar

Country Women and the Colour Bar

Survival In Our Own Land - Christobel Mattingley

Survival in Our Own Land

Fred Cahir - Black Gold

Black Gold

Browse all 66 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 Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Heather Goodall: Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in New South Wales, 1770-1972

Invasion to Embassy

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (28)

Henry Reynolds - This Whispering in Our Hearts

This Whispering in Our Hearts

Joan Martin (Yarrna) - A Widi Woman

A Widi Woman

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

I’m Not Racist But - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Browse all 28 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (37)

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis - Pictures From My Memory

Pictures From My Memory

Gularabulu

Hey Mum What's a Half Caste? - Lorraine McGee-Sippel

Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

Browse all 37 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

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

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

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)

Russell McGregor - Indifferent Inclusion

Indifferent Inclusion

Us Mob - Mudrooroo

Us Mob

Gary Johns - Aboriginal Self-Determination

Aboriginal Self-Determination

Tim Rowse - Indigenous Futures

Indigenous Futures

Browse all 44 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

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 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 25 September 2016