Dark Emu – Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?
Winner of 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Dark Emu argues 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. 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.