Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (39)

Bruce Pascoe - Australia – The Vatican Museum's Indigenous Collection

Australia – The Vatican Museum’s Indigenous Collection

Tim Bonyhady, Greg Lehman: The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania's Black War

The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War

The Circuit

The Circuit

National Gallery of Australia - Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Browse all 39 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (75)

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu - Diane Lucas and Ken Searle

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu

Shake A Leg - Boori Monty Pryor

Shake a Leg

Josie Boyle - Mrs White and the Red Desert

Mrs White and the Red Desert

Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina: Sam's Bush Journey

Sam’s Bush Journey

Browse all 75 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (57)

The Window Seat - Archie Weller

The Window Seat And Other Stories

The Nargun And The Stars - Patricia Wrightson

The Nargun And The Stars

Lucy Treloar - Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Tara June Winch - Swallow The Air

Swallow the Air

Browse all 57 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (82)

Geoffrey Blainey - Triumph Of The Nomads

Triumph Of The Nomads

Henry Reynolds - Why Weren't We Told?

Why Weren’t We Told?

Fight for Liberty and Freedom - John Maynard

Fight for Liberty and Freedom

Giordano Nanni, Andrea James - Coranderrk

Coranderrk—We Will Show the Country

Browse all 82 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 (19)

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

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Browse all 19 Land books >

Language (4)

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

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

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (6)

Minmia (Maureen Smith) - Under the Quandong Tree

Under the Quandong Tree

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Browse all 6 Mythology books >

People (36)

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly–A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Nura Nungalka Ward - Ninu Grandmothers' Law

Ninu Grandmothers’ Law

Paddy's Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson - Kevin Keeffe

Paddy’s Road: Life Stories of Patrick Dodson

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Browse all 36 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (50)

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Dog Ear Cafe - Andrew Stojanovksi

Dog Ear Café

Rhonda Collard-Spratt - Alice's Daughter

Alice’s Daughter

Browse all 50 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

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

Kevin Gilbert - Because a White Man'll Never Do it

Because a White Man’ll Never Do it

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (17)

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Charmaine Papertalk Green, John Kinsella - False Claims of Colonial Thieves

False Claims of Colonial Thieves

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Browse all 17 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (14)

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

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

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

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

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Browse all 14 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Allison Cadzow, John Maynard - Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Larissa Behrendt - Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Tim Rowse - Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901

Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901

Thelma Perso, Colleen Hayward - Teaching Indigenous Students

Teaching Indigenous Students

Browse all 49 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Darwin: A Guide to Exploring Important Sites of the Past and Present - Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Darwin

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 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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