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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.

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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A new look at our first peoples culture.

5

This book unravels the myth that Australian indigenous people were wandering nomads until white settlement occurred. Agriculture and land management were just some of the activities undertaken by aborigines and its a great eye opening read for all Australians, including indigenous people.

Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

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Excellent & Informative

5

I read this after it was referenced in Billy Griffiths' "Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia". Bruce Pascoe's work provides a powerful and evidence-based narrative of what Australia once was under tens of thousands of years stewardship by Aboriginal Australians and their complex and structured society. Together, these two works uncover the amazing history of our country and how this has been ignored and misrepresented up to the present time.

Victoria Rural

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This extraordinary book

5

This book alerts us to the damage of the post colonial whitewash of culture of First Nation peoples. Part information feast, part outrage evidence. Every Australian should read this. All of us!

Melbourne

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A book that made me more truly Australian

5

This is a flow on from The Greatest Estate on Earth and fundamental to helping us develop new ways to work with our land.

Central West NSW

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A terrific read!

5

I had heard good things about Dark Emu from quite a few different places - in both media & from friends so decided to give it a go. Wow! What a terrific read! The subject matter is fascinating and Bruce Pascoe is such a good writer the book just flows along. I just wish there was more. But now he's opened the door to this amazing new view of our country's history and heritage maybe others will step up and share their knowledge and research. It's given me a broader perspective on the natural world of Australia and a renewed appreciation of the depth of Aboriginal people's care for this land. The only tough part of the book is the knowledge that everything Pascoe writes about is shackled to pain and loss. Kudos to him that he still manages to leave you feeling uplifted from reading Dark Emu as he has so many positive suggestions for how we could benefit from all of this newly rediscovered knowledge. New fave gift item for everyone's birthdays! Watch out!

Coffs Harbour

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A must read, & added to school curriculum.

4

A well-researched book, that is written for the 'everyday' reader. Helping to change perspective, and thus the conversation around Aboriginal culture and their achievements. It should be incorporated into the school curriculum.

Brisbane

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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

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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