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Dark Emu : Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture - Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu

Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

Paperback Published: 1st June 2018
ISBN: 9781921248016

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This is the latest and definitive edition of Dark Emu by Dr. Bruce Pascoe.

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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

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.”

Winner – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Winner – Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Shortlisted – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing

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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Gift for my 24 year old son

5

( bought this book for my son so he can relate to Indigenous people. I should of purchased myself one so I've done that too.

Western Australia

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Highly recommended for every "true" Australian

5

This book overwrites the "History of Indigenious Australians" as it is teached today! Indigenious Australians have managed the biggest Estate on Earth in a sustainable way for centuries in a very successful way ... And: every Australian farmer can learn from this book — how to manage in times of severe droughts and natural disasters in Australia ..

Cleveland QLD

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An Absolute Must Read

5

This is an absolute must-read for every Australian. Well written, with the author drawing on a number of existing texts but also adding more recent information. The information provides the reader with a new perspective and allows the reader to come to and form there own views.

Sydney

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Must read for Australians

5

Amazing book. Must read for Australians. Great information. But writing style and content was a bit dry at times.

Sydney

An interesting history of the Frontier War in Australia.

3

I found it an interesting side of the 'History Wars'. Quite informative from the Aboriginal Australian perspective.

Central Victoria

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Dark Emu has dark warnings

5

a very informative and eye opening read with a warning on the way Australian agriculture and history is currently managed. we need to take heed.

Sydney

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Fantastic! very informative, well written

5

Have told others about this book!

Cairns

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Every Australian should read this

5

This book is a surprising and fascinating description of Aboriginal society, land management and governance. Every Australian should read it. Declaring Australia Terra Nullius was quite wrong.

Sydney

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An eye-opening, must-read on Australian history

5

For those of us who know little of Australia's pre-colonial history & the agricultural ingenuity of this country's indigenous peoples, this book will make you catch your breath in amazement at the scope of our ignorance of the world's oldest, continuing civilisation. It will make you respect even more their care & cultivation of this vast continent. And in times of increasing drought, modern day farming practices could learn practical lessons from the custodians of the past. This should be compulsory reading in all schools & at all levels of government. I've purchased several copies to share around with families & friends. Respect 🙌🏾

Leura

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An eye opener

5

Dark Emu explains that Australia had more people, (about a million), had villages, a farming industry, fish factory, sewing industries, to name a few. The continent was well looked after by the Aboriginal people, it went down hill when the British arrived. I have always felt there was more to this continent than what has been portrayed in the past. I could not put it down.

Adelaide

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ISBN: 9781921248016
ISBN-10: 1921248017
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st June 2018
Publisher: Magabala Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.3