Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived, a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu, A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.
Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man born in Melbourne who grew up on a remote island in Bass Strait and had a joey and a dog as pets.
He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher. Bruce is a prolific writer and has written more than 20 books.
His non fiction book, Dark Emu (2014) continues to go into reprint and won book of the year and Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.