Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

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

Heartsick for Country

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

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

Jill Stubington - Singing The Land

Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Ian McLean - Rattling Spears

Rattling Spears

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

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 (53)

Anna The Goanna - Jill McDougall

Anna The Goanna

And A Kangaroo Too - National Gallery of Australia

And A Kangaroo Too

Gladys Milroy - Dingo's Tree

Dingo’s Tree

Bittangabee Tribe - Beryl Cruse

Bittangabee Tribe

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)

Jan Reid - Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2

Grace - The Dreaming Series Book 2

Sue Woolfe - The Oldest Song In The World

The Oldest Song in the World

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Alexis Wright - The Swan Book

The Swan Book

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Noongar Bush Medicine

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (66)

Henry Reynolds - An Indelible Stain? The Question of Genocide in Australia's History

An Indelible Stain? The Question of Genocide in Australia’s History

David Frankel, Janine Major: Kulin and Kurnai

Kulin and Kurnai

Jennifer Jones - Country Women and the Colour Bar

Country Women and the Colour Bar

Anna Haebich, Steve Mickler - A Boy's Short Life: The True Story Of Warren Braedon

A Boy’s Short Life: The True Story Of Warren Braedon

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)

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

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

Karl Erik Sveiby, Tex Skuthorpe - Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (4)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

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)

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (28)

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

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Personal Reports and Experiences (37)

NT Consultations Report 2011

NT Consultations Report 2011

Gularabulu

Victoria Haskins, John Maynard - Living With The Locals

Living with the Locals

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Browse all 37 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

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

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

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

Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

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

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

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia - Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley - Paul Memmott

Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley

Aboriginal Suicide is Different - Colin Tatz

Aboriginal Suicide is Different

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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