Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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

Heartsick for Country

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (31)

Stephen Page, Greg Barrett - Clan

Clan: Bangarra Dance Theatre

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

Various artists - Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Browse all 31 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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 (67)

Norma MacDonald - Spinifex Mouse

Spinifex Mouse

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

Sally Morgan - Sister Heart

Sister Heart

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit - Mundara Koorang

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit

Browse all 67 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (55)

Dream Time - Sarah Starr

Dream Time

A Most Peculiar Act - Marie Munkara

A Most Peculiar Act

Jeanine Leane - Purple Threads

Purple Threads

Kate Grenville - The Secret River

The Secret River

Browse all 55 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (70)

Eugene Stockton - Blue Mountains Dreaming

Blue Mountains Dreaming

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys - Keith Vincent Smith

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys

Charlie Ward - Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Jane Lydon - The Flash of Recognition

The Flash of Recognition

Browse all 70 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 (17)

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Heather Goodall: Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in New South Wales, 1770-1972

Invasion to Embassy

Browse all 17 Land books >

Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

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

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Bill Neidjie - Old Man's Story

Old Man’s Story

Browse all 32 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (47)

Every Secret Thing - Marie Munkara

Every Secret Thing

Last Truck Out - Betty Lockyer

Last Truck Out

Raparapa

Raparapa

This Is What We Said

This Is What We Said

Browse all 47 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

Rhonda Craven, Anthony Dillon, Nigel Parbury - In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia - Jon Altman, Melinda Hinkson

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (13)

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

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

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

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Browse all 13 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (48)

Us Mob - Mudrooroo

Us Mob

Thelma Perso, Colleen Hayward - Teaching Indigenous Students

Teaching Indigenous Students

Marcia Langton - The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

Christos Tsiolkas, Gideon Haigh, Alexis Wright - Tolerance, Prejudice and Fear

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

Browse all 48 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

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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 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.

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 22 September 2017