Dark Emu Black Seeds: agriculture or accident - Bruce Pascoe

"If we look at the evidence presented to us by the explorers and explain to to our children that Aboriginal people did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate and till the land, did alter the course of rivers, did sew their clothes, and did construct a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity, then it is likely we will admire and love our land all the more" - Bruce Pascoe

Pascoe puts forward a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australian. 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.

2016 Book of the year - NSW Premiers literary awards

 

 

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