Heartsick for Country
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature
Portraits From a Land Without People
Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters
Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal Objects from the British Museum
Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life
Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance
Business and Economy (5)
Not Just Black and White
How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia
Aboriginal Economy and Society
Engaging Indigenous Economy
The Black and White Club
First Australians: Plenty Stories
Kangaroo and Crocodile
My Mob Going to the Beach
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (56)
Becoming Kirrali Lewis
Avoiding Mr Right
The Kadaitcha Sung: A Seductive Tale of Sorcery, Eroticism And Corruption
A Doctor’s Dream
The Story of Yudum
First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog
Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy
Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, And Will Be
The Vandemonian War
Triumph Of The Nomads
Blue Mountains Dreaming
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW
Against Native Title
Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People
Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
The Australian National Dictionary
Aboriginal ways of using English
Law & Justice (4)
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
The Law of the Land
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
Singing the Coast
Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation
Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders
White People Are Nomads
Personal Reports and Experiences (50)
Pictures From My Memory
Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life
Tripping Over Feathers
Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters
Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians
Spirituality & Poetry (16)
Rainbow Spirit Theology
Smoke Encrypted Whispers
False Claims of Colonial Thieves
Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo
Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story
Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)
Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia
Emu Dreaming: An Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Astronomy
Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo
Different White People: Radical Activism for Aboriginal Rights 1946-1972
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.
Tip: If you dont’ know where to begin check out my Resources Starter 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.
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.