Dark Emu

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by Bruce Pascoe

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2018

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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.”

‘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

ISBN:
9781921248016
Category:
Bestselling Books for 2018
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-06-2018
Publisher:
Magabala Books
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
210x135mm
Weight:
0.3kg
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 must read!

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    What a fascinating and interesting book, I thought that this history was what I should have been taught at school. I was also saddened by the sheer amount of knowledge that has apparently been lost that would be so useful today in our dry environment.

  • Dark Emu

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    Fascinating and exciting explanation of Aboriginal agricultural and building practices pre colonial invasion.

  • We Dark Emu by Brce Pascoe.

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    Mr Pascoe introduces the reader to the books written for British pblishers by early surveyors in the new clony now known as Australia. These surveyors went before the sqatters and found for them suitable country. So the history of the cotry is very much broadened from what I for one knew about . In fact surprises are there for most readers as Pascoe quotes those early surveyors. I dod not know previously how widespread were villages, hoses and farming found in aboriginal culture as described in these books by the srveyors.