Australian First Nations non-fiction books

Living on Stolen Land

Living on Stolen Land

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present'. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly...

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Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Victor Steffensen

Fire Country is a cry from the heart asking for change in how Australia cares for country.

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Song Spirals: Sharing Women's Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Song Spirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Gay'wu Group of Women

Songspirals is a rare opportunity for outsiders to experience Aboriginal women's role in crying the songlines in a very authentic and direct form. 

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Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Contradicts the conventional wisdom that native peoples were primitive hunter-gatherers

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 Read reviewWelcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

A completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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Talkin' Up to the White Woman (20th Anniversary Edition)

Talkin' Up to the White Woman (20th Anniversary Edition)

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Persuasive and engaging, Talkin' Up to the White Woman is a timely and necessary argument for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in the teachings and practices that impact on Australia's pluralistic society. First published...

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Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt

A vital Aboriginal perspective on colonial storytelling Indigenous lawyer and writer Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was...

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Stan Grant

As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.  

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Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Pat Dudgeon, Jeannie Herbert, Jill Milroy, Darlene Oxenham

An exemplar of Indigenous Studies writing, epistemologically, theoretically and methodologically.  

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Quarterly Essay 64: The Australian Dream - Blood, History and Becoming

Quarterly Essay 64: The Australian Dream - Blood, History and Becoming

Stan Grant

In a landmark essay, Stan Grant writes Indigenous people back into the economic and multicultural history of Australia. This is the fascinating story of how fringe dwellers fought not just to survive, but to prosper. Their legacy...

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Salt: Selected Stories and Essays

Bruce Pascoe

A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

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Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with your Country

Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with your Country

Bruce Pascoe

Presents the ongoing debates about identity, dispossession, memory and community. This title draws on the past through a critical examination of major historical works and witnesses accounts and finds uncanny parallels between the...

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Up from the Mission: Selected Writings

Up from the Mission: Selected Writings

Noel Pearson

Charts the life and thought of Noel Pearson, from his early days as a native title lawyer to his position today as one of Australia's most influential figures. There are pieces on the apology; on Barack Obama and black leadership;...

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Because a White Man'll Never Do It

Because a White Man’ll Never Do It

Kevin Gilbert

First published in 1973, Gilbert's controversial account of Aboriginal affairs paints a disturbing image of the impact of the colonisation of Australia and the ongoing problems faced by the Aboriginal people. The book poses a...

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Talking Sideways

Talking Sideways

Reg Dodd, Malcolm McKinnon

Talking Sideways is part history, part memoir and part cultural road-map. Together, Dodd and McKinnon reveal the unique history of this extraordinary place and share their concerns and their hopes for its future.   

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Voices & Visions: Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Australia

Voices & Visions: Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Australia

Karen Martin

Just as our visions will be the present of some young Aboriginal children who are not yet born, these will be made real through our voices and actions right now. The question begs to be asked: 'What kind of people do we want those...

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Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley

Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley

Paddy Roe, Stephen Muecke

A groundbreaking presentation, in a revised edition, of Indigenous Australian storytelling as it actually sounds; these stories provide a fascinating picture of the life of the people of the west Kimberley after colonisation.

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Treading Lightly

Treading Lightly

Karl-Erik Sveiby, Tex Skuthorpe

Thousands of years ago Aboriginals taught themselves how to build a sustainable society in our fragile landscape. Industralised societies are in danger of collapse because they are consuming more than our earth can provide. Towns...

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Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights

Virginia Marshall, Michael Kirby

Overturning aqua nullius aims to cultivate a new understanding of Aboriginal water rights and interests in the context of Aboriginal water concepts and water policy development in....

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Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Anita Heiss, Peter Minter

An authoritative survey of Australian Aboriginal writing over two centuries, across a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. Including some of the most distinctive writing produced in Australia, it offers rich insights into...

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The Politics of Identity

The Politics of Identity

Bronwyn Carlson

In this award-winning work Carlson explores the complexities surrounding Aboriginal identity today. Drawing on a range of historical and research literature, interviews, and surveys, The politics of identity explores Aboriginal...

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