Dark Emu

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Bruce Pascoe

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'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, impeccable sources.

Winner – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Winner – Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Shortlisted – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing

About the Author
Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.

Books include the short story collections 'Night Animals' and 'Nightjar'; the novels 'Fox', 'Ruby Eyed Coucal', 'Ribcage', 'Shark', 'Earth' and 'Ocean'; historical works 'Cape Otway: Coast of secrets' and 'Convincing Ground'; the children's book 'Foxies in a Firehose' and the young adult fiction 'Fog a Dox', which won the Prime Ministers Literary Award for YA Fiction, 2013.


ISBN 9781921248016
Publisher Magabala Books
Published 2018
Format Paperback
Number of pages 286
Dimensions H 21cm x W 13.5cm

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