Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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

Heartsick for Country

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

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (39)

Margo Neale - Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines – Tracking the Seven Sisters

British Museum - Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum

Encounters - Revealing Stories of Aboriginal Objects from the British Museum

Jill Stubington - Singing The Land

Singing the Land: The Power of Performance in Aboriginal Life

Anna Haebich - Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance

Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance

Browse all 39 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (73)

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

First Australians: Plenty of Stories - Trish Albert

First Australians: Plenty Stories

Bronwyn Bancroft - Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Browse all 73 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (56)

Jane Harrison - Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Becoming Kirrali Lewis

Anita Heiss - Avoiding Mr Right

Avoiding Mr Right

Home - Larissa Behrendt

Home

Sam Watson: The Kadaitcha Sung: A Seductive Tale of Sorcery, Eroticism And Corruption

The Kadaitcha Sung: A Seductive Tale of Sorcery, Eroticism And Corruption

Browse all 56 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

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

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (81)

Diane Bell - Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin

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

Nick Brodie: The Vandemonian War

The Vandemonian War

Geoffrey Blainey - Triumph Of The Nomads

Triumph Of The Nomads

Eugene Stockton - Blue Mountains Dreaming

Blue Mountains Dreaming

Browse all 81 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 (19)

Heidi Norman - What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

Eve Vincent - Against Native Title

Against Native Title

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

Siena Stubbs - Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Browse all 19 Land books >

Language (4)

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

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

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 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (34)

Nick Brodie - Kin

Kin - A Real People’s History of Our Nation

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Peter McConchie - Elders

Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders

Jenny Hunter - White People Are Nomads

White People Are Nomads

Browse all 34 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (50)

Alexis Wright - Tracker

Tracker

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis - Pictures From My Memory

Pictures From My Memory

Eileen Harrison, Carolyn Landon - Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Tripping Over Feathers - Peter Read

Tripping Over Feathers

Browse all 50 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Aileen Moreton-Robinson - Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Megan Davis, George Williams - Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About The Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (16)

Rainbow Spirit Elders - Rainbow Spirit Theology

Rainbow Spirit Theology

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Charmaine Papertalk Green, John Kinsella - False Claims of Colonial Thieves

False Claims of Colonial Thieves

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Browse all 16 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (14)

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

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame

Browse all 14 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia - Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia

Ray Norris, Cilla Norris - Emu Dreaming (Aboriginal astronomy)

Emu Dreaming: An Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo - Lisa Strelein

Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases Since Mabo

Deborah Wilson - Different White People

Different White People: Radical Activism for Aboriginal Rights 1946-1972

Browse all 49 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 Resources Starter 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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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 25 April 2018