Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

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

Heartsick for Country

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan

Steady Steady - The Life and Music of Seaman Dan

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the future

Remembering the Future

Various artists - Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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)

Anna The Goanna - Jill McDougall

Anna The Goanna

Daisy Utemorrah - Do Not Go Around the Edges

Do Not Go Around the Edges

And A Kangaroo Too - National Gallery of Australia

And A Kangaroo Too

Norma MacDonald - Spinifex Mouse

Spinifex Mouse

Browse all 53 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (48)

Boori Pryor, Meme McDonald - My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Jan Reid - Barons Reach - The Dreaming Series Book 3

Barons Reach - The Dreaming Series Book 3

Jane Harrison - Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

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

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Jennifer Jones - Country Women and the Colour Bar

Country Women and the Colour Bar

James Boyce - 1835

1835

Lyn Steward - Blood Revenge

Blood Revenge - Murder On The Hawkesbury 1799

Geoffrey Blainey - The Story of Australia's People

The Story of Australia’s People

Browse all 61 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 (11)

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

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

Invasion to Embassy

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

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

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

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)

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Snake Dancing - Roberta Sykes

Snake Dancing

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

Simon Flagg, Dr Sebastian Gurciullo - Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Browse all 34 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Larissa Behrendt - Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Minoru Hokari - Gurindji Journey

Gurindji Journey

The Little Red Yellow Black Book - Bruce Pascoe

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

Rhonda Craven - Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Browse all 44 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

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

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

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)

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 30 July 2016