Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Aunty Ruth Hegarty - Bittersweet Journey

Bittersweet Journey

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (39)

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Vivien Johnson - The Streets of Papunya

The Streets of Papunya

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Mawurndjul: Rarrk

Tim Acker, John Carty: Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Browse all 39 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

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 (75)

Bob Randall, Melanie Hogan: Nyuntu Ninti: What You Should Know

Nyuntu Ninti: What You Should Know

Lajamanu School - Warnayarra: The Rainbow Snake

Warnayarra: The Rainbow Snake

Ambelin Kwaymullina - The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Browse all 75 Children books >

Education (1)

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Browse all 1 Education books >

Fiction, Novels (57)

Mudrooroo - Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the End of the World

Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the End of the World

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Claire G. Coleman - Terra Nullius: A Novel

Terra Nullius: A Novel

Anita Heiss - Avoiding Mr Right

Avoiding Mr Right

Browse all 57 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

Brendan James Murray - Venom

Venom – The heroic search for Australia’s deadliest snake

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

Noongar Bush Medicine

NPY Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation - Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (82)

Jane Mills - Jedda

Jedda

Heather Goodall, Allison Cadzow - Rivers and Resilience

Rivers and Resilience

Noah Jed Riseman - Defending Whose Country?

Defending Whose Country?

Alan Parkinson - Maralinga - Australia's Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Maralinga - Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-up

Browse all 82 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 (19)

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

Fire and Hearth

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

Siena Stubbs - Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Peter McConchie - Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Fire and the Story of Burning Country

Browse all 19 Land books >

Language (4)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

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)

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (6)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Browse all 6 Mythology books >

People (36)

Billy Griffiths - Deep Time Dreaming

Deep Time Dreaming

Zohl de Ishtar - Holding Yawulyu

Holding Yawulyu

Vivienne Rae-Ellis - Black Robinson: Protector of Aborigines

Black Robinson: Protector of Aborigines

Chris Woodland - Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Billy the Blackfella from Bourke

Browse all 36 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (50)

Scott Kim, Brown Hazel - Kayang and Me

Kayang and Me

Sarah Finch - The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Amanda Webster - A Tear in the Soul

A Tear in the Soul

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

Browse all 50 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

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

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

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 (17)

Lisa Bellear: Aboriginal Country

Aboriginal Country

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Paul Callaghan - Iridescence

Iridescence

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Browse all 17 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (14)

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas - Patty Hits The Court

Patty Hits the Court

Sean Gorman - Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

Legends - The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century 1905-2005

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

Browse all 14 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

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

Fear, Prejudice, Tolerance

Tim Rowse - Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901

Indigenous and Other Australians Since 1901

The Way We Civilise - Rosalind Kidd

The Way We Civilise

Minoru Hokari - Gurindji Journey

Gurindji Journey

Browse all 49 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

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

Aboriginal Darwin: A Guide to Exploring Important Sites of the Past and Present - Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Darwin

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.

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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

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Aboriginal culture - Teacher & student resources - Books, retrieved 21 June 2018