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Dark emu :

Pascoe, Bruce,

Dark emu : black seeds : agriculture or accident? / Bruce Pascoe. - Broome, W.A. : Magabala Books, 2014. - 173 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.

Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Agriculture -- ch. 2 Aquaculture -- ch. 3 Population and Housing -- ch. 4 Storage and Preservation -- ch. 5 Fire -- ch. 6 The Heavens, Language and the Law -- ch. 7 Australian Agricultural Revolution -- ch. 8 Accepting History and Creating the Future.

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.

2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Inaugural Indigenous Writer's Prize.


PO Box 668 Broome WA 6725


Aboriginal Australians--Antiquities.
Aboriginal Australians--Social life and customs.
Aboriginal Australians--Agriculture.
Land use, Rural--Australia.
Hunting and gathering societies--Australia.
Land use, Rural.


Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Aboriginal culture Land resources Natural resource management Social customs History

GN666 / .P37 2014

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