Dark Emu, Black seeds: agriculture or accident?
Award-winning Aboriginal writer Bruce Pascoe’s latest book Dark Emu, Black seeds: agriculture or accident? published by Magabala books and released in March, is a significant new contribution to the academic and social discourse about the true history of pre-European Australia and its Indigenous inhabitants. Aboriginal people really did build settlements and actively farm and harvest crops. “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”. Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the ‘hunter-gatherer’ tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author 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, and that a new look at Australia’s past is required. Read the book. Join the debate on the Dark Emu blog http://darkemu.wordpress.com/