Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (38)

Midawarr Harvest: The Art of Mulkum Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

Midawarr Harvest: The Art of Mulkum Wirrpanda and John Wolseley

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Seva Frangos -  Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon

Clinton Walker - Deadly Woman Blues: Black Women and Australian music

Deadly Woman Blues: Black Women and Australian music

Browse all 38 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town - Kimberly Christen

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (73)

Lisa Miranda Sarzin - Stories For Simon

Stories for Simon

Sally Morgan - Sister Heart

Sister Heart

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

How the Birds Got Their Colours

Jane Christopherson - Kakadu Calling

Kakadu Calling

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)

Home - Larissa Behrendt

Home

Clarrie Cameron - Elephants in the Bush

Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns

Anita Heiss: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

A Kinchela Boy - Christopher Bevan

A Kinchela Boy

Browse all 56 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

Brendan James Murray - Venom

Venom – The heroic search for Australia’s deadliest snake

Noongar Bush Medicine

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (78)

Geoffrey Blainey - Triumph Of The Nomads

Triumph Of The Nomads

Throwing Off The Cloak - Elizabeth Osborne

Throwing Off the Cloak

David Frankel, Janine Major: Kulin and Kurnai

Kulin and Kurnai

Ann Curthoys - Freedom Ride

Freedom Ride - A Freedom Rider Remembers

Browse all 78 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 (18)

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Barry Morris - Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Protest, Land Rights and Riots

Kate Glaskin - Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea

Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Browse all 18 Land books >

Language (4)

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

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

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (33)

Riding The Black Cockatoo - John Danalis

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Tim Soutphommasane - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

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

Lani Brennan - Lani's Story

Lani’s Story

Henry Reynolds - This Whispering in Our Hearts

This Whispering in Our Hearts

Browse all 33 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (49)

Dreamkeepers - Harvey Arden

Dreamkeepers

Sally Bin Demin - Once in Broome

Once in Broome

I'm Not Racist But - Anita Heiss

I’m Not Racist But…

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

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

Browse all 49 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

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

Alison Holland - Just Relations

Just Relations

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (15)

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

False Claims of Colonial Thieves

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Burraga Gutya, Ken Canning - Yimbama

Yimbama

Rainbow Spirit Elders - Rainbow Spirit Theology

Rainbow Spirit Theology

Browse all 15 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (14)

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

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

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

Browse all 14 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

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

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

Rhonda Craven - Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Teaching Aboriginal Studies

Allison Cadzow, John Maynard - Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6

Sarah Maddison - Beyond White Guilt

Beyond White Guilt

Browse all 49 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne - Meyer Eidelson

The Melbourne Dreaming

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

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 23 January 2018