Dark Emu: Black Seeds

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Dark Emu puts forward a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label 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 hunter-gatherers.

Rupert Gerritsen and Bill Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie.

Pascoe's sources are the records and diaries of early European settlers and explorers.

"If we look at the evidence presented to us by the explorers and explain to our children that Aboriginal people did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate and till the land, did alter the course of rivers, did sew their clothes, and did construct a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity, then it is likely we will admire and love our land all the more." (Bruce Pascoe)

For young readers, Bruce Pascoe has compiled the content into Young Dark Emu (ages 10+).

Dark Emu (Magabala) was chosen as the first book to be read by politicians for the inaugural Parliamentary Book Club (which commenced in 2020).

Aboriginal people did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate and till the land.

— Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu is not my story. I wrote it, but the story was always there. It is Australia's story.

— Bruce Pascoe
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When I read Bruce Pascoe’s and Bill Gammage’s books, it was as if knowledge I couldn’t find was suddenly there, and it filled in the gaps that I was trying to learn about.

— Jayn, reader

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[1] 'Indigenous author challenges Australians on our 'fraudulent' history', SMH 9/8/2019
[2] Personal email, 1/4/2019

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Korff, J 2020, Dark Emu: Black Seeds, <>, retrieved 26 May 2024

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