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01 November 2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Books and Education Gift Guide

A book is a gift you can open over and over again and takes you on adventure without leaving home.  Book lovers big and small will revel in our selection of children’s books, adult fiction and non- fiction all from incredible First Nations writers. For the cooking whizz we have delicious Outback Cafe Cookbook by Mark Olive, the vision stunning Culture is Life by Wayne Quilliam, the new and expanded second edition of Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton and Bronwyn Bancroft’s beautiful collection of picture books. Plus so many more and we even have Indigenous maps and puzzles for the reading adverse.  Here are our top book gift ideas.

Our Home, Our Heartbeat

Give the kids the 2021 Australian Book Industry Award for Children’s Picture Book of the Year Our Home, Our Heartbeart by Briggs. Our Home, Our Heartbeart is an adaption of Briggs’ 2015 track ‘The Children Came Back’, which was in turn inspired by Archie Roach’s ‘Took the Children Away’, from the seminal 1990 album, Charcoal Lane. And features illustrations of renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander figures, like Adam Goodes, Jimmy Little and Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

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Welcome to Country (Second Edition)

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country 2nd edition is the essential follow-up to Australia’s landmark travel guide to Indigenous Australia, Welcome to Country. In this extensively updated edition, Marcia Langton offers a full range of Indigenous-owned or -operated tourism experiences across Australia, including an expanded directory with 250 new listings, illustrated maps, and photography by Wayne Quilliam. A must for every household and the perfect Christmas gift. 

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Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines

The Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winner Songspirals: sharing women’s wisdom of Country through songlines by the Gay’wu Group of Women is a life changing read and gift. Songspirals is a “profound illumination of Yolŋu women’s role in crying the songlines and a radically different way of understanding humans and their place within the environment.” Connect with the living tradition of women’s songlines, as recounted by Yolngu women from far north Australia. 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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Jack Charles

Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella is a candid and uplifting memoir from one of Australia’s finest and most beloved actors. In this honest and no-holds-barred memoir, Uncle Jack reveals the ‘ups and downs of this crazy, drugged up, locked up, f#cked up, and at times unbelievable, life’. From his sideline as a cat burglar, battles with drug addiction and stints in prison, to gracing the nation’s stages and screens as he dazzled audiences with his big personality and acting prowess, he takes us through the most formative moments of his life.

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AIATSIS Map

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) map of Indigenous Australia is an educational stocking stuffer that everyone will find fascinating. The map outlines the different language, tribal or nation groups of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples of Australia. For thousands of years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupied the lands with very different boundaries than today, centred on intimate cultural relationships with the land and sea. This map represents those boundaries often defined by the cultural, language and trade boundaries and relationships between groups. It comes in 3 different sizes and either folded or as a flat poster

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Puzzles

Puzzles are a great family activity or solo pastime, but did you know besides being fun, working on puzzles gives you a real mental workout! Doing a puzzles exercise both sides of your brain, they improve memory and problem-solving skills and they enhance your mood and lower stress levels. Making them the perfect holiday pastime! We have a beautiful range of puzzles featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork making them a visual treat as well as a mental one.

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Riley Callie Resources

The beautiful Riley Callie Aboriginal educational card sets are the perfect gift to get learning while they think they are just having fun.  And are a great way to introduce Aboriginal Culture to the whole family. We have Aboriginal Symbol Flash Cards for the very young and an Aboriginal Tool Memory Card Game for family fun. Aboriginal Topic Cards are also available which are designed to be used as a starting point for learning more about the history and continuing culture of Australia’s Aboriginal people.

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Shop with Purpose this Christmas. Keep exploring our incredible range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inspired gifts.

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