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Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture (Trade Paperback / Paperback, None ed.)

By Pascoe, Bruce

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`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 hum...an occupation.' Judges for 2016 NSW Premier's Literary AwardsDark 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 - 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 is Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources. Bruce's comments on his book compared to Gammage's: My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn't contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.
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ISBN 9781921248016
Published AU 1 Jun 2018
Publisher Magabala Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, None ed.
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ISBN-13 9781921248016
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher Magabala Books
Imprint Magabala Books
Published 1 Jun 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, None ed.
Edition None ed.
Author(s) By Pascoe, Bruce
Category Australasian & Pacific History
Social & Cultural History
Economic History
Indigenous Peoples
Number of Pages 278
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 210mm
Dewey Code 599.989915
Weight 300g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Aboriginal Australians - Antiquities, Aboriginal Australians - Social life and customs, Land use, Rural - Australia, Aboriginal Australians - Agriculture, Hunting and gathering societies - Australia
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade