Dark Emu : Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

Dark Emu : Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

By: 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.'

Title: Dark Emu : Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

Author Name: Bruce Pascoe

Categories: Social History, Indigenous Australian History, Australian History,

Publisher: Australia, Magabala Books: 2018

ISBN Number: 9781921248016

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

Type: Book

Size: 21.0 x 13.4 x 2.3 cm

Kg: 0.33 Kg

Seller ID: 9781921248016

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