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Dark Emu

Dark Emu 13

Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture, New Edition

by Bruce Pascoe
Publication Date: 01/06/2018
5/5 Rating 13 Reviews
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Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.

The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.  Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie.  Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

Bruce’s comments on his book compared to Gammage’s: “My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing, whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn’t contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.”

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‘Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’ Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is an Australian Indigenous writer. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher.

His books include Fog a Dox, a book for young adults that won the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2013, Convincing Ground about the Convincing Ground massacre, and Dark Emu, a book that challenges the claim that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal peoples were hunter-gatherers.

In 2018, Bruce Pascoe was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

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  • A genuine education

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    This book should be part of our curriculum on a national level! It changes the whole way we have been taught about the history of Indigenous Australia, and is written in a way that just makes you want to know as much as you can. How different this country could be managed on an environmental level when it comes to fire, food production, the kinds of foods grown, water management if we could just manage to get any of our leaders to heed the ways of the original inhabitants of this country. A wisdom that is ignored, and we are all paying the price for it.

  • Dark Emu

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    An eye opener. Good to see someone write the truth based on actual research and fact.
    Recommend everyone who wants to know the truth about our history and that of the first people read this.

  • Thought provoking and heartbreaking.

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    I think every Australian needs to read this book. I went to school in the '60s and '70s - Why were we not taught about indigenous culture, technology and heritage? What terrible mistakes could have been avoided if the people who lived in and managed this land for millennia had been embraced and listened to, if their culture and practices had been accepted and incorporated into a shared future. Well done Bruce Pascoe - the best book I've read in a long time.

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