Dark Emu

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Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the ‘hunter-gatherer’ label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and dismantles the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Using the extensive evidence from the diaries of early explorers Pascoe reveals 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.


Decolonising Agriculture

Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent … [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.” – Judges for 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

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

More from Bruce Pascoe:
Land Cultures: Aboriginal Economies and Permaculture Futures
ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler
Foreground article 2017
Ted X – Sydney A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists

Product details

This edition published in 2018
Magabala Books

Paperback, 278 pages.
ISBN: 9781921248016

Additional information

Weight .33 kg
Dimensions 210 × 135 × 20 mm

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