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

Dark Emu

Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident?

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2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize Joint Winner!

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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."




Groundbreaking! And pardon the pun whitefellas!


Quite an unusual read. Informative and evocative.


This book was recommended to our bookclub. It wouldn't suit all readers.


A must read for correcting Aboriginal myths


I have recommended the book to friends and given it as a gift.


Unearthing some of our hidden history.


The book is a revelation, uncovering the lifestyle of our first peoples before colonisation. It should be included in the primary school syllabus.

West Hoxton, NSW, Australia

Brilliant, revealing


The book clearly depicts how the Europeans denied the existence of a developed culture, and sent the aborigines back to a hunter gatherer lifestyle, by destroying and ignoring the sedentary developed agricultural practices so evident. Colonialism equals conquest, nothing more




Just stunning, a great perspective on how we turnrd Just stunning, how we turned our aborigines into hunter gatheres, for the concept of them being primitivre, undeveloped culture

Brisbane Australia



This book is a revelation, Our immigrant settlers were determined to diminish aboriginal culture, in order to claim a new land peopled by savages. They forced the Indigenios people into being hunter gathers Just forget the locals fed the botany bay immigrants for two years, because they could not grow their English crops in Australia

Brisbane Australia

A book not to be missed


Dark Emu would be an excellent publication for all schools. Because of my work with Indigenous people,I say, read and re-read this book which breaks down the 'British' history of this land and those who lived with the land, its faults and the benefits available if cared for properly. A truly mind altering work.

Woodend Victoria

Mind blowing and heart breaking


You know the feeling when you realise you've been duped? I remember vividly learning about Aboriginal culture in the mid 80s, as a high school student in NSW. Lies, that's all that I can say, about what we were taught (and clearly, not taught). Well written by Pascoe, a truly inspirational writer and historian. I was left crying, reeling from anger, immensely proud (of what I had learned about our oldest culture), shocked, elated, and disgusted (by the European treatment, and ever present treatment by white Australia). A truly wonderful read. I thoroughly recommend this as a gift for someone who truly appreciates the truth.


Australian history, white & Aboriginal, retold truthfully.


At last, a truthful history of Australian Aboriginal life before settlement, their advanced land and resource management and the link to Country. And the real story of white take-over of their culture and resources. Well researched. Mind blowing.

Perth Australia

Dark Emu

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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): 0.32