Dark emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture.

Dark emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture. Bruce Pascoe.

Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2018. Octavo, paperback, black and white photographs.

This book 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 of the NSW Premier's Award 2016.

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