Portraits From a Land Without People
Heartsick for Country
Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy
Midawarr Harvest: The Art of Mulkum Wirrpanda and John Wolseley
Art + Soul
Timothy Cook - Dancing with the Moon
Deadly Woman Blues: Black Women and Australian music
Business and Economy (5)
Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town
How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia
Engaging Indigenous Economy
Not Just Black and White
Stories for Simon
How the Birds Got Their Colours
Good Morning, Mr Sarra
Fiction, Novels (56)
Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms
A Kinchela Boy
Venom – The heroic search for Australia’s deadliest snake
Noongar Bush Medicine
Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy
The Story of Yudum
Triumph Of The Nomads
Throwing Off the Cloak
Kulin and Kurnai
Freedom Ride - A Freedom Rider Remembers
Humour, Cartoons (2)
Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years
Fire and the Story of Burning Country
Protest, Land Rights and Riots
Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea
Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use
The Australian National Dictionary
Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal Australia Wall Map
Aboriginal ways of using English
Law & Justice (4)
Gone for a Song: Death and Desperation in the Deep North
The Law of the Land
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment
Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment
Singing the Coast
Riding The Black Cockatoo
I’m Not Racist But - 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act
This Whispering in Our Hearts
Personal Reports and Experiences (49)
Once in Broome
I’m Not Racist But…
Life B’Long Ali Drummond
The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the End of the Liberal Consensus
Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League
Spirituality & Poetry (15)
False Claims of Colonial Thieves
Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia
Rainbow Spirit Theology
Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame
Aborigines & the Sport of Kings
Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo
Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)
Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance
Teaching Aboriginal Studies
Nelson Aboriginal Studies Stage 6
Beyond White Guilt
The Melbourne Dreaming
Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
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.