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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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A must-read for every Australian

5

This book gives extraordinary information about the history of Australia that we were never taught in school. Far from a "black arm-band view", it's a very comprehensible, enlightening and optimistic view of where we are and where Australia can go from here. This really should be a part of the school curriculum.

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Fascinating - A must read for all Australians

5

I highly recommend this book. It is an easy read, and extremely fascinating. There are lessons to be learnt from this book on so many levels. The author ends on a hopeful and inspiring note, of high relevance to issues facing Australia today.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

5

Really good read, taught me a lot about indigenous living.

Victoria

ASTOUNDING!!!

5

This book has opened my eyes! It should be in every school and library, we can learn so much about how to look after our country, simply brilliant. I could not put down, so exciting to know the history not told to us.

sunshine coast

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Highly recommended to educators. An authentic perspective!

5

Should be a school resource. An excellent book!

WA

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Educational, every Australian should know about this

5

If only more people understood the truer history of the First Peoples of this land now known as Australia.

Melbourne

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Everyone should read this

5

More of our hidden past being revealed - a must read for all Australians

Portland (Gunditjmara Country)

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Gift for my 24 year old son

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( 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

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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.

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Dark Emu

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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