Aboriginal books

Anthologies (10)

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

Heartsick for Country

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - My People

My People

John Ogden - Portraits From a Land Without People

Portraits From a Land Without People

Browse all 10 Anthologies books >

Arts (29)

The Circuit

The Circuit

Terri-Ann White - Desert Writing

Desert Writing

Various artists - Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Aboriginal Artist Greeting Card Set

Adrian Newstead - The Dealer is The Devil

The Dealer is The Devil

Browse all 29 Arts books >

Business and Economy (5)

Ian Keen - Aboriginal Economy and Society

Aboriginal Economy and Society

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams - Not Just Black And White

Not Just Black and White

Will Sanders - Engaging Indigenous Economy

Engaging Indigenous Economy

How To Start An Aboriginal Business - Neil Willmett

How to Start a Successful Aboriginal Business in Australia

Browse all 5 Business and Economy books >

Children (61)

Tjarany Roughtail and Other Kukatja Stories

Tjarany Roughtail and Other Kukatja Stories

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Michelle Gillespie - Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Wunambi: The Water Snake - May L. O'Brien

Wunambi: The Water Snake

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 (50)

Ben Andersen - Might

Might: Tension and Trouble in a Small Australian Town

Anita Heiss: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms

Jan Reid - Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

Deep Water Tears - The Dreaming Series Book 1

A Kinchela Boy - Christopher Bevan

A Kinchela Boy

Browse all 50 Fiction, Novels books >

Health (9)

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

John Cawte - Healers of Arnhem Land

Healers of Arnhem Land

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

Traditional Healers of the Central Desert: Ngangkari

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

Indigenous Australia and Alcohol Policy

Browse all 9 Health books >

History (67)

Eugene Stockton - Blue Mountains Dreaming

Blue Mountains Dreaming

James Boyce - 1835

1835

Aboriginal Victorians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Victorians

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia - Bain Attwood

Possession: Settlers, Aborigines and Land in Australia

Browse all 67 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 (14)

Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

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

Fire and Hearth

Heidi Norman - What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

What Do We Want? A Political History of Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

Bill Bunbury - Invisible Country

Invisible Country

Browse all 14 Land books >

Language (4)

David Horton - Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Aboriginal Australia Wall Map

Adam Kendon - Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia

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)

Don Weatherburn - Arresting Incarceration

Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment

Thalia Anthony - Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment

Henry Reynolds - The Law of the Land

The Law of the Land

Gone For A Song - Jeff Waters

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

Browse all 4 Law & Justice books >

Mythology (5)

Bruce Chatwin - The Songlines

The Songlines

Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Stradbroke Dreamtime

Stradbroke Dreamtime

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Browse all 5 Mythology books >

People (31)

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice

Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice

Bill Neidjie - Old Man's Story

Old Man’s Story

Peter McConchie - Elders

Elders - Wisdom from Australia’s Indigenous Leaders

Snake Dancing - Roberta Sykes

Snake Dancing

Browse all 31 People books >

Personal Reports and Experiences (41)

Gularabulu

Am I Black Enough For You - Anita Heiss

Am I Black Enough For You?

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York - Roy McIvor

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York

Daryl Tonkin, Carolyn Landon - Jackson's Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Jackson’s Track : Memoir of a Dreamtime Place

Browse all 41 Personal Reports and Experiences books >

Politics (16)

Henry Reynolds - Aboriginal Sovereignty

Aboriginal Sovereignty

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

Decolonizing Solidarity

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

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Browse all 16 Politics books >

Spirituality & Poetry (13)

Maggie Walsh - Sunset

Sunset

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming - Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Islam Dreaming - Peta Stephenson

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Browse all 13 Spirituality & Poetry books >

Sport (11)

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

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

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

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

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer - Sean Gorman

Brotherboys: The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer

Bruce Hearn Mackionnon - Liam Jurrah

Liam Jurrah - From Yuendumu to the MCG

Browse all 11 Sport books >

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies (46)

Ray Norris, Cilla Norris - Emu Dreaming (Aboriginal astronomy)

Emu Dreaming: An Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

Dharawal - Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Dharawal

Holding Men: Kanyirninpa and Aboriginal men’s health - Brian F McCoy

Holding Men

Bill Gammage - The Biggest Estate On Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Browse all 46 Textbooks, Teaching, Studies books >

Travel (4)

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

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 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 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 20 February 2017