Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

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

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Tim Acker, John Carty: Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

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

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

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

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

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

The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

Anne Morgan - The Glow Worm Cave

The Glow Worm Cave

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)

Sweet Water - Stolen Land - Philip McLaren

Sweet Water - Stolen Land

Nicole Watson - The Boundary

The Boundary

Noel Beddoe - The Yalda Crossing

The Yalda Crossing

Jesse Pentecost - The Con

The Con

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (8)

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Browse all 8 Health books >

History (61)

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

Timothy Bottoms - Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence

Steaphan Paton, Cam Cope - Boorun's Canoe

Boorun’s Canoe

Palm Island Through a Long Lens - Joanne Watson

Palm Island: Through a Long Lens

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)

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Karl Erik Sveiby, Tex Skuthorpe - Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

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

Invasion to Embassy

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (3)

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 3 Language books >

Law & Justice (3)

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

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Browse all 3 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (3)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 3 Mythology books >

People (27)

Snake Dancing - Roberta Sykes

Snake Dancing

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Stan Grant - Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Talking to My Country - The Book That Every Australian Should Read

Browse all 27 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (36)

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards - Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Marie Munkara - Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Flow to the Sea

Browse all 36 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Charles D Rowley - Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Recovery: The Politics of Aboriginal Reform

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

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

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

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

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Two Way Teaching and Learning

King Brown Country - Russell Skelton

King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya

Marcia Langton - The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

Browse all 44 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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 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 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

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 August 2016