Portraits From a Land Without People
Heartsick for Country
This Country Anytime Anywhere
Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy
Art + Soul
Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands
What is Aboriginal art?
Remembering the Future
Business and Economy (5)
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
Engaging Indigenous Economy
Aboriginal Economy and Society
Not Just Black and White
Bangu the Flying Fox
The Legend of the Seven Sisters
The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip
The Glow Worm Cave
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (48)
Sweet Water - Stolen Land
The Yalda Crossing
First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog
Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care
Healers of Arnhem Land
The Story of Yudum
Maralinga’s Long Shadow
Conspiracy of Silence
Palm Island: Through a Long Lens
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
Protest, Land Rights and Riots
The Power of Bones
Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People
Invasion to Embassy
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal ways of using English
Law & Justice (3)
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Singing the Coast
Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives
Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read
Personal Reports and Experiences (36)
My Bundjalung People
Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea
In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads
Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform
Spirituality & Poetry (11)
Love Dreaming & Other Poems
Smoke Encrypted Whispers
Lemons in the Chicken Wire
Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia
Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story
Black and Proud
Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer
Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)
Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance
Two Way Teaching and Learning
King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya
The Quiet Revolution
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.
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.
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.