Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Terri-Ann White - Desert Writing

Desert Writing

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

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the future

Remembering the Future

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)

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

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)

An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals - Bronwyn Bancroft

An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals

Bronwyn Bancroft - Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

One Arm Point Remote Community School - Our World

Our World—Bardi-Jaawi Life at Ardiyooloon

The Lizard Gang - Kirra Somerville

The Lizard Gang

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Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

Tara June Winch - Swallow The Air

Swallow the Air

Jan Reid - Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Jennifer Jones - Country Women and the Colour Bar

Country Women and the Colour Bar

Howard Pedersen, Banjo Woorunmurra: Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Eugene Stockton - Blue Mountains Dreaming

Blue Mountains Dreaming

Throwing Off The Cloak - Elizabeth Osborne

Throwing Off the Cloak

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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)

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

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 (3)

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

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Chris Woodland - Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

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Personal Reports and Experiences (35)

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards - Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person, by Margaret Kemarre Turner

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin - Mary Terszak

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin

The Hard Light of Day: An Artist's Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country - Rod Moss

The Hard Light of Day: An Artist’s Story of Friendships in Arrernte Country

Browse all 35 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

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

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

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

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

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

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)

Minoru Hokari - Gurindji Journey

Gurindji Journey

Tasmanian Aborigines - Lyndall Ryan

Tasmanian Aborigines

Rhonda Craven - Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Up from the Mission - Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission

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Travel (4)

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

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

Aboriginal Darwin

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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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 24 August 2016