Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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

Heartsick for Country

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (30)

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

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Mawurndjul: Rarrk

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

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

Browse all 30 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

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

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (61)

Moonie Jarl - The Legends of Moonie Jarl

The Legends of Moonie Jarl

Warren Brim - ABC Dreaming

ABC Dreaming

Scott Prince, David Hartley - Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Bronwyn Bancroft - Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

Browse all 61 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (52)

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Anita Heiss - Tiddas

Tiddas

Home - Larissa Behrendt

Home

D. Bruno Starrs - That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance

That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!

Browse all 52 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (10)

Buddhi Lokuge, Tanya Burke - A Doctor's Dream

A Doctor’s Dream

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Maggie Brady - First Taste

First Taste—How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog

Browse all 10 Health books >

History (68)

Noah Jed Riseman - Defending Whose Country?

Defending Whose Country?

Giordano Nanni, Andrea James - Coranderrk

Coranderrk—We Will Show the Country

Grease and Ochre - Patsy Cameron

Grease and Ochre

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys - Keith Vincent Smith

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys

Browse all 68 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 (15)

Heather Goodall: Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in New South Wales, 1770-1972

Invasion to Embassy

Murray Garde  (ed.) - Something About Emus

Something About Emus

Philip A Clarke - Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use

Fire and Hearth: A study of Aboriginal usage and European usurpation in south-western Australia

Fire and Hearth

Browse all 15 Land books >

Language (4)

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

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

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (32)

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

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

Joan Martin (Yarrna) - A Widi Woman

A Widi Woman

Bill Neidjie - Old Man's Story

Old Man’s Story

Jenny Hunter - White People Are Nomads

White People Are Nomads

Browse all 32 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (42)

Liza Kennedy - Yamakarra

Yamakarra

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York - Roy McIvor

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York

Last Truck Out - Betty Lockyer

Last Truck Out

Gularabulu

Browse all 42 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

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

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia - Jon Altman, Melinda Hinkson

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Alison Whittaker - Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story - Andrew McLeod

Black Crow: The Andrew McLeod Story

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

Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (46)

Marcia Langton - The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

Lorraine Muller - A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

Deborah Wilson - Different White People

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

Tim Rowse - Indigenous Futures

Indigenous Futures

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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. 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 29 March 2017