Indigenous Australian non-fiction books

 Read reviewSalt: Selected Stories and Essays

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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Talkin' Up to the White Woman

Talkin' Up to the White Woman

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

In this accessible and provocative analysis of the whiteness of Australian feminism the author applies academic training and cultural knowledge in revealing the invisible position of power and privilege in feminist practice. This...

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 Read reviewSand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Tyson Yunkaporta

What happens when global systems are viewed from an Indigenous perspective? How does it affect the way we see history, money, power and learning? Could it change the world?

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 Read reviewJack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles

Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he's most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

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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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On Identity

On Identity

Stan Grant

Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Communities are a tinderbox of anger and resentment. Stan Grant argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism. On...

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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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 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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 Read reviewTracker

Tracker

Alexis Wright

Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important period in the political life of Australia, reminiscent in...

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Blak Brow

Blak Brow

Paola Balla, Karen Jackson, Kim Kruger, Pauline Whyman, Tony Birch, Bridget Caldwell

Blak Brow is the very special Issue 40 of The Lifted Brow - an edition created entirely and independently by a First Nations collective of editors, curators, academics, designers, and activists. It is filled with new work by First...

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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 Tears of Strangers

The Tears of Strangers

Stan Grant

A family memoir, charting the political and social changes of Aborigines over the period of 40 years. This is a story, spanning the generations of the 'Wiradjuri people'.

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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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Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World's Oldest People

Treading Lightly: The Hidden Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People

Karl Erik Sveiby, Tex Skuthorpe

Presents a view on one of the most pressing issues of our age - environmental sustainability. This volume looks at how traditional Aboriginal art, stories and culture - which has been passed on through generations by word of mouth...

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The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?

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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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

Pat Dudgeon, Jeannie Herbert, Jill Milroy, Darlene Oxenham

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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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 Read reviewTalking To My Country

Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity by one of Australia's leading journalists.

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Forgetting Aborigines

Forgetting Aborigines

Chris Healy

Challenges the convenient way in which white Australians have often 'forgotten' indigenous people from the 1950s onwards. This book talks about the work of many well-known Aboriginal artists, writers and performers, including...

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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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The Intervention: An Anthology

The Intervention: An Anthology

Rosie Scott, Anita Heiss

This new 2016 edition of the ground-breaking The Intervention: An Anthology includes a preface by Anita Heiss and brings together some of Australia's greatest Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers and thinkers who analyse,...

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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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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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The Little Red Yellow Black book: An Introduction to Indigenous Australia

The Little Red Yellow Black book: An Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Bruce Pascoe

An introduction to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; their history and their cultures. Conveniently pocket-sized, its attractive design, lucid writing and beautiful illustrations provide a wide-ranging but...

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Ninu Grandmothers' Law

Ninu Grandmothers' Law

Nura Nungalka Ward

Ninu Grandmothers' Law is a definitive account of a traditional lifestyle and way of thinking.

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Coranderrk: We will show the country

Coranderrk: We will show the country

Giordano Nanni, Andrea James

This book tells the story of one of the first sustained campaigns for justice, land rights and self-determination and provides a superb example of how to share history with a wide audience.

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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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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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Settling with Indigenous People

Settling with Indigenous People

Marcia Langton, Odette Mazel, Lisa Palmer, Kathryn Shain, Maureen Tehan

The book describes ten contemporary, mostly Australian, agreements and treaties. The chapters detail the avenues for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to resolve disputes and how relationships are sought, developed and...

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 Read reviewUp 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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Grog War: One Town's Fight Against Alcohol

Grog War: One Town’s Fight Against Alcohol

Alexis Wright

Miles Franklin award-winning author Alexis Wright recounts how a remote town in Australia dealt with the invasion of grog on their traditional lands.

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Take Power Like This Old Man Here

Take Power Like This Old Man Here

Alexis Wright

Take Power is a resounding tribute: to the strength of traditional Aboriginal law and culture and to the workers for land rights who have helped shape the social and political landscape of the nation.

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Treaty and Statehood: Aboriginal Self-determination

Treaty and Statehood: Aboriginal Self-determination

Michael Mansell

This is a book that answers our query about what reconciliation ultimately means and how it can be achieved.

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Why Warriors Lie Down and Die

Why Warriors Lie Down and Die

Richard Ian Trudgen

Why Warriors Lie Down and Die is essential reading for anyone interested in Indigenous peoples. It offers deep insights for those who want a greater understanding of the issues involved in achieving true reconciliation, and...

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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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