Dark Emu: Black seeds agriculture or accident?
Bruce Pascoe


Paperback | Mar 2014 | Magabala Books | 9781922142436 | 176pp | 230x152mm | Out of print | GEN
Digital (EPUB) | Mar 2014 | Magabala Books | Stocked item | GEN

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.