Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

SHORTLISTED – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards

SHORTLISTED – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing

WINNER – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

WINNER – Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

WINNER – Inaugural choice for the Parliamentary Book Club (2019)

Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia’s past is required.

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  • Author: Bruce Pascoe
  • Illustrator: No
  • Published: Mar 2014
  • Size: 210 x 135 mm
  • Pages: 278
  • ISBN: 9781921248016
  • Ages: Adult
  • Format: Paperback

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"Dark Emu is a completely accessible, compelling and riveting account of pre-invasion Aboriginal agricultural systems, and more. Every page offered eye-opening revelations. By the end I felt deeply distressed by the wastage and loss of all that land knowledge and extraordinary methods resulting from " ... read more

Review by Hilary