Antipodes: Poetic Responses
This Country Anytime Anywhere
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature
Australia – The Vatican Museum’s Indigenous Collection
Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul
Battarbee and Namatjira
The Art of the First Fleet
Business and Economy (5)
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
Aboriginal Economy and Society
Engaging Indigenous Economy
Not Just Black and White
Nyuntu Ninti: What You Should Know
Tjarany Roughtail and Other Kukatja Stories
Cyclone Fever: Mates
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (57)
Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the End of the World
The Crocodile Hotel
The Blue-Eyed Aborigine
The Story of Yudum
Healers of Arnhem Land
The Oldest Foods on Earth
Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care
Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off
Out of Australia: Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race
Settlers, Servants and Slaves
Serious Whitefella Stuff—When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
Welcome To Country
Invasion to Embassy
Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha
The Biggest Estate on Earth
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
The Australian National Dictionary
Aboriginal ways of using English
Law & Justice (4)
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
The Law of the Land
Singing the Coast
Under the Quandong Tree
Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives
Ninu Grandmothers’ Law
Us Women, Our Ways, Our World
Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders
Personal Reports and Experiences (50)
The Last of the Nomads
NT Consultations Report 2011
Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin
Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League
Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia
In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads
The Forgotten People
Spirituality & Poetry (17)
White Christ Black Cross
False Claims of Colonial Thieves
Our Mob, God’s Story
First Nations of Australia Principals of Culture Bible
Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005
Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame
Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG
Aboriginal Stars of the Turf
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)
Australian Cinema After Mabo
Up from the Mission
‘And there’ll be NO dancing’ – Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007
Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
The Melbourne Dreaming
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.
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)
- Budburra Books (Murgon, Queensland)
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.