Portraits From a Land Without People
Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set
Power + Colour
Art + Soul
Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul
Business and Economy (5)
Engaging Indigenous Economy
Not Just Black and White
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
Aboriginal Economy and Society
The Legends of Moonie Jarl
The Legend of the Seven Sisters
Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team
Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (50)
Mutant Message Down Under
Sweet Water - Stolen Land
The Window Seat And Other Stories
The Story of Yudum
Noongar Bush Medicine
Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy
The Oldest Foods on Earth
Maralinga - Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up
Blood Revenge - Murder On The Hawkesbury 1799
Why Weren’t We Told?
Black Pioneers: How Aboriginal and Islander People Helped Build Australia
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
Dark Emu: Black Seeds
Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use
Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights
Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal ways of using English
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
The Australian National Dictionary
Law & Justice (4)
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
The Law of the Land
Singing the Coast
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence
I’m Not Racist But - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act
Personal Reports and Experiences (40)
The Secrets We Keep
A Secret Country
Jackson’s Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place
Tripping Over Feathers
Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia
Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League
Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land
Spirituality & Poetry (12)
Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia
Litte Bit Long Time
Lemons in the Chicken Wire
Aboriginal Stars of the Turf
Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo
Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story
Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (45)
No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia
Australian Cinema After Mabo
Men’s Business, Women’s Business
Two Way Teaching and Learning
Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
The Melbourne Dreaming
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. 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.
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.