Aboriginal books

Anthologies (7)

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Browse all 7 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

Gaye Sculthorpe - Indigenous Australia - Enduring Civilisation

Indigenous Australia - Enduring Civilisation

Ian W McLean - How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Ian McLean - Rattling Spears

Rattling Spears

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (53)

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Trina Saffioti - Stolen Girl

Stolen Girl

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

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)

D. Bruno Starrs - That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance

That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!

Kim Scott - That Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Clare Atkins - Nona and Me

Nona And Me

Jan Reid - Barons Reach - The Dreaming Series Book 3

Barons Reach - The Dreaming Series Book 3

Browse all 48 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

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

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (66)

Throwing Off The Cloak - Elizabeth Osborne

Throwing Off the Cloak

Fight for Liberty and Freedom - John Maynard

Fight for Liberty and Freedom

Jonathan Richards -  The Secret War - A True History of Queensland's Native Police

The Secret War - A True History of Queensland’s Native Police

Geoffrey Blainey - The Story of Australia's People

The Story of Australia’s People

Browse all 66 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)

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

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Browse all 11 Land books >

Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

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

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Browse all 4 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 (28)

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

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

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

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

Bill Neidjie - Old Man's Story

Old Man’s Story

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Browse all 28 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (37)

Seven Seasons in Aurukun - Paula Shaw

Seven Seasons in Aurukun

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Christobel Mattingley - Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow

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

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

Browse all 37 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (14)

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

The Intervention - An Anthology

The Intervention: An anthology

Kevin Gilbert: Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

Aboriginal Sovereignty: Justice, the Law and Land

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

Browse all 14 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (11)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Browse all 11 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (44)

David Mowaljarlai, Jutta Malnic - Yorro Yorro

Yorro Yorro

Aboriginal Suicide is Different - Colin Tatz

Aboriginal Suicide is Different

Max Dulumunmun Harrison - My People's Dreaming

My People’s Dreaming

Larissa Behrendt - Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies

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 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

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.

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 28 September 2016