Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

Bruce Pascoe

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

Bruce Pascoe

NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Book of the Year 2016

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.

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