Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (30)

Terri-Ann White - Desert Writing

Desert Writing

Clinton Walker - Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Robert Hillman - Gurrumul

Gurrumul: His Life and Music

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Browse all 30 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

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

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

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 (64)

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

How the Birds Got Their Colours

National Gallery of Australia - Land, Sea, Sky

Land, Sea, Sky - A Puzzle Book of Australian Aboriginal Art

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

The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip

Sally Morgan - Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Browse all 64 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (52)

Bruce Pascoe - Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Judy Nunn - Maralinga

Maralinga

Lance Morcan, James Morcan - White Spirit

White Spirit

Sue Woolfe - The Oldest Song In The World

The Oldest Song in the World

Browse all 52 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

Dale Chapman - Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

Coo-ee Cuisine Bush Food Cookbook

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (68)

Henry Reynolds - Frontier: Aborigines, Settlers and Land

Frontier: Aborigines, Settlers and Land

Jessie Lennon - I'm the One That Know this Country!

I’m the One That Know this Country!

Hugh Dolan, Adrian Threlfall: Reg Saunders

Reg Saunders

Keelen Mailman - The Power of Bones

The Power of Bones

Browse all 68 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 (17)

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Eve Vincent - Against Native Title

Against Native Title

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Browse all 17 Land books >

Language (4)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

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

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Henry Reynolds - This Whispering in Our Hearts

This Whispering in Our Hearts

Jenny Hunter - White People Are Nomads

White People Are Nomads

Peter McConchie - Elders

Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders

Browse all 32 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (45)

Seven Seasons in Aurukun - Paula Shaw

Seven Seasons in Aurukun

Margaret Kemarre Turner - Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

I'm Not Racist But - Anita Heiss

I’m Not Racist But…

Dreamkeepers - Harvey Arden

Dreamkeepers

Browse all 45 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Clare Land - Decolonizing Solidarities - Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity

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

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

John Blay - On Track

On Track

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (47)

Dialogue About Land Justice: Papers from the National Native Title Conferences - Lisa Strelein

Dialogue About Land Justice

Michele Harris - A Decision To Discriminate

A Decision to Discriminate: Aboriginal Disempowerment in the Northern Territory

Marcia Langton - The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

King Brown Country - Russell Skelton

King Brown Country: The Betrayal of Papunya

Browse all 47 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

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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

The Melbourne Dreaming

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. 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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