Dark Emu

Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture
by Bruce Pascoe
$19.99

Publisher: Magabala Books

Publication Date: June 01, 2018

ISBN: 9781921248016

Binding: Paperback

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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.'