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Pascoe, Bruce, 1947-

Dark emu : Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture / Bruce Pascoe. - Melbourne : Scribe, 2018. - 278 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Chapter 1. Agriculture -- Chapter 2. Aquaculture -- Chapter 3. Population and housing -- Chapter 4. Storage and preservation -- Chapter 5. Fire -- Chapter 6. The heavens, language and the law -- Chapter 7. Australian agricultural revolution -- Chapter 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.

9781911344780 : (pbk)

GBB848323 bnb

018786647 Uk

Aboriginal Australians--History.
Aboriginal Australians--Agriculture--History.
Land use, Rural --Australia
Aboriginal Australians--Social life and customs.


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