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Dark Emu : Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident?  - Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu

Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident?

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Published: 3rd March 2014
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2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize Joint Winner!

Product Description

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial 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 comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

About the Author

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.

Books include the short story collections "Night Animals" and "Nightjar"; the novels "Fox," "Ruby Eyed Coucal," "Ribcage," "Shark," "Earth," and "Ocean"; historical works "Cape Otway: Coast of secrets" and "Convincing Ground"; the childrens book "Foxies in a Firehose" and the young adult fiction "Fog a Dox," which won the Prime Ministers Literary Award for YA Fiction, 2013."

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Dark Emu
 
4.7

(based on 55 reviews)

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98%

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Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (48)
  • Informative (48)
  • Easy to read (43)
  • Well written (36)
  • Page-turner (22)

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  • Gift (29)
  • Older readers (21)
  • Younger readers (17)
  • Travel reading (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Everyday reader (26), Bookworm (15), Casual reader (13)

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Setting the record straight about Aboriginal agriculture

This book was a revelation to me. I thought that perhaps my Australian-born friends would know more about Aboriginal agricultural history than I did. But not so. Those who have read 'Dark...Read complete review

This book was a revelation to me. I thought that perhaps my Australian-born friends would know more about Aboriginal agricultural history than I did. But not so. Those who have read 'Dark Emu, Black Seeds' are wondering why they did not learn any of the contents in school. Simple answer: history is written by the victors. But here is evidence, including several photographs, of Aboriginal dwellings and settlements, fish farming, grain planting, harvesting and storage. The book is repetitive, but for a good reason: as the author points out, if he gives one example of an activity it will be written off as an aberration. So he gives many, many examples. The book is well-written and easy to read, despite the repetition. It is not an angry book, but I felt angry and sad by the time I finished reading it. I am so glad I read it.

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Pale Emu

The book offers an interesting account of Aboriginal society in New South Wales before British colonization, but does not support its contentions with credible evidence

The book offers an interesting account of Aboriginal society in New South Wales before British colonization, but does not support its contentions with credible evidence

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5.0

Required reading for all Australians

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from Bonville

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Dark Emu:

    This should be required reading on every high school curriculum and should be promoted frequently in the media, it is very important in developing our society into the future.

     
    5.0

    This book reveals the truth of how Aborigines lived.

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    • Easy To Read
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        Comments about Dark Emu:

        If you want to know how the first people lived before European​ settlement this author has found evidence in the journals of the first explorers. And it will shock you.

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        5.0

        Total revision of pre-colonial Australian history

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        from New South Wales, Australia

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Informative
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

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          Comments about Dark Emu:

          Growing up during the age of the Stolen Generation and subsequently realising the enormity of the horror of it all, I have questioned and been horrified by the white history of Australia. This book, taking as its reference the journals of early explorers and settlers, should settle for all the myth of the hunter gatherer indigenous population. The sophistication of the early Australians' society and culture is mind-blowing and I want two things: one - to visit these discoveries and 2 - to have a sustained effort to support research in this field.

           
          5.0

          fantastic service

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          from Queensland, Australia

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Informative
          • Life changing
          • Well Written

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            Comments about Dark Emu:

            It completely re-writes what i thought I knew about Aboriginal history in Australia. Every student in Australian schools needs ot read this book by the time they enter Grade 12. Excellent read and well referenced.

             
            5.0

            Amazing book, one of the most interesting books ever read.

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            from Sydney

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Informative
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

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              Comments about Dark Emu:

              Just a thank you to Bruce Pascoe the author.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

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                • Disappointing

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                • Reference

                Comments about Dark Emu:

                The book offers an interesting account of Aboriginal society in New South Wales before British colonization, but does not support its contentions with credible evidence

                 
                5.0

                The best paradigm shifting book I've ever read

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                from Qld

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Informative
                • Page-Turner
                • Well Written

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                  • Every Australian person
                  • Gift
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about Dark Emu:

                  This book is an important part of a need to shift the negative consciousness of our perception of Indigenous Australian peoples. Histories are coloured and shaped by the victors and some of the perceptions of Australian First Nations Peoples are simply not true.

                  This book writes of a higher perspective that we should be teaching in schools rather than teaching kids about the Boston Tea Party Australian children should be taught about our own rich and powerful history.

                   
                  5.0

                  READ THIS BOOK!

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                  from Urunga NSW

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Read
                  • Informative
                  • Socially important
                  • Well Written

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                    • Education
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                    Comments about Dark Emu:

                    This book should be read by everyone in Australia, young and old alike. It reveals egregious distortions of history in vital need of correction in public perception.

                     
                    4.0

                    Setting the record straight about Aboriginal agriculture

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                    from NSW, Australia

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                    Pros

                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Deserves to be widely read
                    • Dispels the myth of Aboriginal hunter gatherers
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Important content
                    • Informative
                    • Well researched
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers
                      • Reference
                      • Should be read by everyone!
                      • Should be taught in Australian schools
                      • Younger Readers

                      Comments about Dark Emu:

                      This book was a revelation to me. I thought that perhaps my Australian-born friends would know more about Aboriginal agricultural history than I did. But not so. Those who have read 'Dark Emu, Black Seeds' are wondering why they did not learn any of the contents in school. Simple answer: history is written by the victors. But here is evidence, including several photographs, of Aboriginal dwellings and settlements, fish farming, grain planting, harvesting and storage. The book is repetitive, but for a good reason: as the author points out, if he gives one example of an activity it will be written off as an aberration. So he gives many, many examples. The book is well-written and easy to read, despite the repetition. It is not an angry book, but I felt angry and sad by the time I finished reading it. I am so glad I read it.

                       
                      5.0

                      All Australians should read about our shared history

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                      from Baulkham Hills

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                      Pros

                      • Informative

                      Cons

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                        • Reference

                        Comments about Dark Emu:

                        A clear explanation if the differing perceptions of the first migrants attempting to settle within Australia.

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                        ISBN: 9781922142436
                        ISBN-10: 1922142433
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 176
                        Published: 3rd March 2014
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.0
                        Weight (kg): 0.3