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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!

Product Description

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."

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An important addition to the Australian conversation

5

Have you ever wondered what Australia was like before it was colonized? Did you think it was inhabited by stone age people with no skills other than wandering about to hunt and gather their foods? If you did then this book will challenge those pre-conceptions and leave you wondering "Why weren't we told this?". Encouraged by his readings of Bill Gammage's work into Australian Aboriginal history and culture, Bruce Pascoe applied his research into the diaries of surveyors, explorers and early settlers and began to build up a picture of people who were farming the land in their own way, creating villages of stone and thatch, trapping fish and game and very much in tune with their respective living areas. People who shared annual events and festivals and sought to share their way of agriculture with the new settlers. It is a book you will return to and perhaps try and find similar sources in your own areas to test his research. It is clearly written and illustrated and a worthwhile addition to every school classroom.

Thirlmere NSW 2572

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What fascinating revelations!

5

It should be obligatory reading in all high schools for a real understanding of the original inhabitants of our country.

Sydney

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Australia's hidden history

4

An untold side of Australian history. Depiction of pre colonialist indigenous life, as pieced together through diary entries of the first European settlers and archeological evidence. Very interesting side of Australian history that I had never heard about.

Sunshine Coast

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Groundbreaking

5

Groundbreaking! And pardon the pun whitefellas!

Australia

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Quite an unusual read. Informative and evocative.

4

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

Canberra

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A must read for correcting Aboriginal myths

5

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

Brisbane

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Unearthing some of our hidden history.

4

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

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Brilliant, revealing

5

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

Albion

Stunning

5

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

Brilliant

5

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

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): 0.3