Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Is That You Ruthie?

Is That You Ruthie?

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Ian McLean - Rattling Spears

Rattling Spears

Clinton Walker - Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

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)

Pamela Lofts, Mary Albert - How the Birds Got Their Colours

How the Birds Got Their Colours

The Rocks Of Honey - Patricia Wrightson

The Rocks Of Honey

Scott Prince, Dave Hartley - Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search

Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search

Trina Saffioti - Stolen Girl

Stolen Girl

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)

Anita Heiss: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Melissa Lucashenko - Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Paris Dreaming - Anita Heiss

Paris Dreaming

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

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (67)

Shirleene Robinson - Something Like Slavery: Queensland's Aboriginal Child Workers 1942-1945

Something Like Slavery: Queensland’s Aboriginal Child Workers 1942-1945

Henry Reynolds - Black Pioneers: How Aboriginal and Islander People Helped Build Australia

Black Pioneers: How Aboriginal and Islander People Helped Build Australia

Fred Cahir - Black Gold

Black Gold

Survival In Our Own Land - Christobel Mattingley

Survival in Our Own Land

Browse all 67 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 (14)

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

Fire and Hearth: A study of Aboriginal usage and European usurpation in south-western Australia

Fire and Hearth

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Browse all 14 Land books >

Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

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

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (31)

Auntie Rita - Rita Huggins, Jackie Huggins

Auntie Rita

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

I’m Not Racist But - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Browse all 31 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (41)

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

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

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person

Tripping Over Feathers - Peter Read

Tripping Over Feathers

Life B'Long Ali Drummond - Smantha Faulkner, Ali Drummond

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

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Politics (16)

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aileen Moreton-Robinson - Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

Paul Callaghan - Iridescence

Iridescence

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (46)

Lynne Kelly - The Memory Code - The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over

The Memory Code

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Two Way Teaching and Learning

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

Dialogue About Land Justice

Nigel Parbury: Survival - A History of Aboriginal Life in New South Wales

Survival - A History of Aboriginal Life in New South Wales

Browse all 46 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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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