Dark Emu: Black Seeds : Agriculture Or Accident?
Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviors 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.
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This book just won the NSW State Govt Book of the Year Award, and is thoroughly deserving of it. While much of the book builds upon (and provides an Indigenous author's perspective on) Gammage's 'Biggest Estate on Earth' it is more concise and readable and filled with gems of perspective from Pascoe.
There is possibly no other title on bookshelves anywhere that does a better job of correcting Non-Indigenous peoples uncharitable perspectives of the capabilities and sophistication of Aboriginal people, and moreover, provides a compelling argument to integrate long overlooked Indigenous knowledge and higher cultural aspirations to the better governance and agricultural productivity of modern Australia