Dark Emu

Author(s): Bruce Pascoe

Australian Studies

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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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  

Dark Emu is a much-loved book and for very good reason. For many it has revolutionized their understanding of pre-colonial Australia. Pascoe examines first-hand accounts of explorers and early settlers, offering us a glimpse of an idyllic land, carefully managed by the Indigenous population, who had extensive knowledge of agriculture as well as an advanced fishing industry. This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in Australian History.

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General Fields

  • : 9781921248016
  • : Magabala Books
  • : Magabala Books
  • : May 2018
  • : 210mm X 135mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 278
  • : 518
  • : Paperback
  • : Bruce Pascoe