Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

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

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Arts (29)

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the future

Remembering the Future

Ian McLean - Rattling Spears

Rattling Spears

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

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Richard Frankland - Digger J Jones

Digger J Jones

Michael Sedunary, Bern Emmerichs - The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

The Legend of the Seven Sisters - May L. O'Brien

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

Sally Morgan - Cyclone Fever: Mates

Cyclone Fever: Mates

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Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

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Fiction, Novels (48)

Noel Beddoe - The Yalda Crossing

The Yalda Crossing

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor - The Binna Binna Man

The Binna Binna Man

Boori Pryor, Meme McDonald - My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Ben Andersen - Might

Might: Tension and Trouble in a Small Australian Town

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

NPY Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation - Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Timothy Bottoms - Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence

Henry Reynolds - Forgotten War

Forgotten War

Diane Bell - Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin

Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was, And Will Be

Penelope Hetherington - Settlers, Servants And Slaves

Settlers, Servants and Slaves

Browse all 61 History books >

Humour, Cartoons (2)

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

Jackie French - Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Browse all 2 Humour, Cartoons books >

Land (11)

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

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

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)

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

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

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Auntie Rita - Rita Huggins, Jackie Huggins

Auntie Rita

Liz Conor - Skin Deep

Skin Deep - Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

The Wailing - Stuart Rintoul

The Wailing—A National Black Oral History

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

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Personal Reports and Experiences (34)

Stan Grant - Tears of Strangers

Tears of Strangers

This Is What We Said

This Is What We Said

Hey Mum What's a Half Caste? - Lorraine McGee-Sippel

Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

I'm Not Racist But - Anita Heiss

I’m Not Racist But…

Browse all 34 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

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

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer - Sean Gorman

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

Allison Cadzow, John Maynard - Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Frank Brennan - No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

Robert Tonkinson (ed.) - Wentworth Lectures

Wentworth Lectures

Steve Morton, Mandy Martin, Kim Mahood, John Carty: Desert Lake

Desert Lake: Art, Science And Stories From Paruku

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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

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

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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 28 July 2016