Dark Emu: A Discussion with Bruce Pascoe
In Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? author Bruce Pascoe challenges the long held belief that Australia’s first people were hunter-gatherers at the time of colonisation. Join Bruce as he discusses his award-winning book with Jason Gibson and takes a new look at Australia’s past.
Dark Emu attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify the dispossession of Australia’s Indigenous people. Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history.
Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2014
Judges’ Report Notes –
This beautiful book by Bruce Pascoe, refuting the notion that pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians were simply hunter-gatherers, is long overdue. The author has drawn on a wealth of resources in assembling this fascinating book, and every page is ripe with information, fat and satisfying as the bogong moths he writes about. Pascoe’s text is lively and the photographs and drawings are compelling.
Winner NSW Premier’s Literary Award Book of the Year 2016
According to the judges’ official comments, “Dark Emu reveals enormous Aboriginal achievement in governance and agriculture, and restores these to their rightful place at the epicentre of Australian history”.
Read Lisa Hill’s review .
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