Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

Antipodes

Antipodes: Poetic Responses

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (39)

Bruce Pascoe - Australia – The Vatican Museum's Indigenous Collection

Australia – The Vatican Museum’s Indigenous Collection

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Lisa Di Tommaso - The Art of The First Fleet

The Art of the First Fleet

Browse all 39 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

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

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

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

Tjarany Roughtail and Other Kukatja Stories

Tjarany Roughtail and Other Kukatja Stories

Bittangabee Tribe - Beryl Cruse

Bittangabee Tribe

Sally Morgan - Cyclone Fever: Mates

Cyclone Fever: Mates

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)

Paris Dreaming - Anita Heiss

Paris Dreaming

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

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

Julie Janson - The Crocodile Hotel

The Crocodile Hotel

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine - Rosemary Hayes

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine

Browse all 57 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (11)

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

John Newton - The Oldest New Ingredients on Earth

The Oldest Foods on Earth

Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care

Browse all 11 Health books >

History (82)

Charlie Ward - Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Steven and Evan Strong - Out of Australia: Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race

Out of Australia: Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race

Penelope Hetherington - Settlers, Servants And Slaves

Settlers, Servants and Slaves

Mark Moran - Serious Whitefella Stuff -- When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs

Serious Whitefella Stuff—When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs

Browse all 82 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 (19)

Joy Murphy - Welcome To Country

Welcome To Country

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

Invasion to Embassy

Siena Stubbs - Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin Malanynha

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Browse all 19 Land books >

Language (4)

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Bruce Moore - The Australian National Dictionary

The Australian National Dictionary

Diana Eades - Aboriginal ways of using English

Aboriginal ways of using English

Browse all 4 Language books >

Law & Justice (4)

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

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

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (6)

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Minmia (Maureen Smith) - Under the Quandong Tree

Under the Quandong Tree

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Browse all 6 Mythology books >

People (36)

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Colouring the Rainbow - Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives

Nura Nungalka Ward - Ninu Grandmothers' Law

Ninu Grandmothers’ Law

Various authors - Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Peter McConchie - Elders

Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders

Browse all 36 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (50)

W.J. Peasley - The Last of the Nomads

The Last of the Nomads

NT Consultations Report 2011

NT Consultations Report 2011

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin - Mary Terszak

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin

Gularabulu

Browse all 50 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Richard Broome - Fighting Hard - The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard—The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

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

Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris - The Forgotten People

The Forgotten People

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (17)

White Christ Black Cross - Noel Loos

White Christ Black Cross

Charmaine Papertalk Green, John Kinsella - False Claims of Colonial Thieves

False Claims of Colonial Thieves

Our Mob, God's Story

Our Mob, God’s Story

Patricia Frail - First Nations of Australia Principals of Culture Bible

First Nations of Australia Principals of Culture Bible

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Sport (14)

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

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

Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Islander Sports Hall of Fame

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

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Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (49)

Felicity Collins, Therese Davis - Australian Cinema After Mabo

Australian Cinema After Mabo

Up from the Mission - Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission

And there'll be NO dancing

‘And there’ll be NO dancing’ – Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007

First Australians - Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

First Australians

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Travel (4)

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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

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 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.

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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