Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Jill Stubington - Singing The Land

Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life

Terri-Ann White - Desert Writing

Desert Writing

Tim Acker, John Carty: Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

David Brooks, Darren Jorgensen - The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time

The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (61)

George Lirrmiyarri Mung Mung - How the Kangaroos got their tails

How the Kangaroos got their tails

Wunambi: The Water Snake - May L. O'Brien

Wunambi: The Water Snake

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Michelle Gillespie - Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Browse all 61 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (50)

Nicole Watson - The Boundary

The Boundary

Jan Reid - Barons Reach - The Dreaming Series Book 3

Barons Reach - The Dreaming Series Book 3

Lucy Treloar - Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Mudrooroo - Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the End of the World

Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the End of the World

Browse all 50 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Noongar Bush Medicine

Maggie Brady - Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy – Meeting Difference with Indifference

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (67)

Libby Connors - Warrior

Warrior

Jane Lydon - The Flash of Recognition

The Flash of Recognition

Elizabeth Tynan - Atomic Thunder - The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder - The Maralinga Story

Penelope Hetherington - Settlers, Servants And Slaves

Settlers, Servants and Slaves

Browse all 67 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 (14)

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

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

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 14 Land books >

Language (4)

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

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

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

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (31)

Bronwyn Carlson - The Politics of Identity

The Politics of Identity - Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Stan Grant - Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Browse all 31 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (41)

Margaret Kemarre Turner - Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Daryl Tonkin, Carolyn Landon - Jackson's Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Jackson’s Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Browse all 41 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

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

Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Rainbow Spirit Elders - Rainbow Spirit Theology

Rainbow Spirit Theology

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Dizzy - The Jason Gillespie Story - Jason Gillespie, Lawrie Colliver

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (46)

Men's Business, Women's Business - Hannah Rachel Bell

Men’s Business, Women’s Business

Dialogue About Land Justice: Papers from the National Native Title Conferences - Lisa Strelein

Dialogue About Land Justice

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo - Lisa Strelein

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo

Tasmanian Aborigines - Lyndall Ryan

Tasmanian Aborigines

Browse all 46 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Darwin

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne - Meyer Eidelson

The Melbourne Dreaming

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. 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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