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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.

This book should be compusory reading in schools.

5

I thoroughly recommend this book. It presents a view of the Australian first nation people that was not taught when I was young.

Uki

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Like many not understood until reading the book but very ver

5

This book is a highly informative history of the history of Indigenous people of Australia that goes back 80,000 plus years and further research has confirmed is a book of now proven fact to which MOST Australians have No/NONE knowledge of because the subject as taught in schools is/are lies etc This book should be compulsory reading for Year 10 plus Students in every school in Australia

Mawson Lakes SA

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Dark Emu

5

Very informative, easy to read.

Sydney Australia

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A must read

5

Explains what a great culture that has survived for over 40,000 years. The best book written on the subject.

Adelaide

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Brilliant read

5

Must read for everyone

Newcastle

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Great Book - second copy!

5

Original copy given to local aboriginal community - so we bought another one for ourselves!

Upper Clarence NSW

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What have we ignored so badly, at what cost?

5

I will be insisting on students reading this. How wilfully ignorant Europeans cut off their noises to spite their faces is truly sad. It has proved wilfully perverse on this continent and it continues.

Melbourne

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I recommend this book to friends.

4

Mind expanding. i had no idea of the depth and extent of indigenous agriculture until reading this book.

Bathurst

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I would for sure buy this book again.

5

Dark Emu By Bruce Pascoe very good read, I'm grateful there are author's out there like him. I'm very happy I came across this Aboriginal culture book not only for Aboriginal Australians. But for other cultures around the world. It wasn't how I expected it to be, it was a little slow to get into reading it, but gets better.

Bowen

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Excellent

5

Excellent informative. Should be mandatory for school curriculum.

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

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Bruce Pascoe

About the Author


Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man born in Melbourne who grew up on a remote island in Bass Strait and had a joey and a dog as pets. Bruce is a prolific writer and has written more than 20 books, including short story collections Night Animals (1986) and Nightjar (2000); the novels Fox (1988), Ruby Eyed Coucal (1996), Ribcage (1999), Shark (1999), Earth (2001), Ocean (2002), and Bloke (2009); and historical works Cape Otway: Coast of Secrets (1997) and Convincing Ground (2007). His non-fiction book, Dark Emu (2014) continues to go into reprint and won the Book of the Year and Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

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