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Dark Emu
Dark Emu: Black Seeds : Agriculture Or Accident? | Bruce Pascoe
Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviors 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.
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Freespirit
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My latest book buys to add to the growing pile 🤣Some Litsy inspired books and a much recommended Australian non-fiction book- Dark Emu which is a must read I think. Happy Sunday reading😊📚

AlaMich I ❤️❤️❤️ The Bees! 4mo
JennyM Fantastic haul! 📚 4mo
Freespirit Hi @AlaMich it was recommended to me by a good friend. 4mo
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Freespirit Thanks @JennyM it should keep me happy for a while 😊 4mo
BooknerdsLife Great haul! I‘m looking forward to read Dark Emu too! The Bees was a fun read for me 🐝 Hope you‘ll enjoy it too😊 4mo
BooknerdsLife @AlaMich Same!!! 😍🐝 4mo
Freespirit I am looking forward to Dark Emu too @BooknerdsLife . We shall compare reviews! 4mo
BooknerdsLife @Freespirit Would love to 🙌🏼💖 Im still waiting for my library reserve to come through ... 😔 ATM the earliest available date will be in Sept!!!! 😥 hope you enjoy your books. 🤗 4mo
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CarolynM
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This is a really important book. At the start I was thinking, a bit guiltily "This is all very worthy but I'm not really interested in anyone's farming practices" but it got steadily more interesting as it investigated the evidence of aboriginal civilisation that debunks the myth of them as primitive hunter-gathers and exposes the European assumption of entitlement to everything. It's not very well written, dry prose and unnecessarily repetitive?

CarolynM But the information it contains should be known by all Australians. We can't change the past, but we can acknowledge the truth about it and hopefully change our attitudes going forward. 4mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful review. 4mo
TrishB Sounds like an important read. 4mo
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Freespirit I bought this yesterday for my hubby to read. It was recommended to me by a friend. Sounds like something we should all read 📚🇦🇺 4mo
RachelO I so want to read this - sounds like I need to be in the mood to ‘tackle‘ a harder read though. Thanks for the heads up! 4mo
ReadingDownUnder Everyone is reading this! I keep getting asked if the library has it. Lots of reserves! 4mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Thank you. 4mo
CarolynM @Freespirit I handed it over to my husband when I finished with it. I agree we all should read it and I'm glad that it is in demand @ReadingDownUnder 4mo
CarolynM @RachelO It's actually not difficult to read, but it's terribly earnest and a bit clumsy and goes into more detail about Aboriginal farming practices than I thought was necessary 😉 4mo
RachelO @CarolynM In that case... 😉. I admit to having gone through a bit of a landscape archaeology spell. You can throw a fair few early European/South American farming practices at me before I get twitchy, so maybe I‘ll be ok with this one. And, (massive surprise, because they‘re great at European fiction, but less good at everything else) my library has a copy!🎉🌾 4mo
CarolynM @RachelO I'll be very interested in your thoughts when you've read it. 4mo
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CarolynM
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There is a lot of thought-provoking material in this book. These two passages are among the stand-outs for me.

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Abailliekaras
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My ‘Booktube at the Gym‘ video is up - this tag is as fun as it sounds. Thank you @shawnmooney ! I discuss these books and more.
https://youtu.be/umsmYZogrAA

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Rissreads
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This book has made me feel anger that we have been fed a huge lie and shame that we continue to ignore that lie and do nothing about it! I am also sad to think that our inactivity is resulting in all the wonders , artefacts and archaeological information of the Aborininal people and their past will be lost forever. That the knowledge and truth of this land at that time and their people doesn‘t matter to us. 😩😡💩

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Luz
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It reads like a scientific journal but has so much feeling trapped in all the facts. Very insightful and heartbreaking

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Fernoppy
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Dark Emu is extraordinarily interesting; while I knew that the agricultural systems of the First Nations Peoples were far more sophisticated than most Australians have been taught to believe, I was really clueless as to the true extent of the agri- and aqua- cultural management of Australia before European invasion. Pascoe demonstrates how those practices were woven into the spiritual and political life and helped to ensure a peaceful society.

Abailliekaras Sounds like a must-Read. How is it on audio? 13mo
Fernoppy @Abailliekaras it was read by the author and I enjoyed hearing it in his own tone. The only advantage of the hard copy may be that he referenced some really interesting sounding reads. 13mo
Abailliekaras Hmm I‘ll check it out! 13mo
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MrsMalaprop
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“The belief that Aboriginal people were ‘mere‘ hunter gatherers has been used as a political tool to justify dispossession.”

Holy moly. Why have I waited until now to read this? I feel a bit like I did when I first read Why Weren‘t We Told by Henry Reynolds many years ago.

Check out this recent Ted Talk if you‘re interested:
https://tedxsydney.com/talk/a-real-history-of-aboriginal-australians-the-first-a...

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MrsMalaprop
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9000 year old stone houses? Grain storage by the ton? Villages of dome-style cladded homes with food storage rooms and pens for animals? Fish traps? Terraced agriculture?

Australian Aborigines as primitive hunter gatherers? We appear to have been sold a lemon people. 😡
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tournevis They arrived on Australia as early as 40,000 years ago. Which is 10x longuer than most Whites thought until about 15y ago. 1y
MrsMalaprop @tournevis I‘ve read 60,000 years. Have you read Dark Emu? I‘m astonished to learn about the complexity & ingenuity. It served white settlers to depict Aboriginal people as savages. 1y
tournevis @MrsMalaprop I've read scientific articles. 1y
Hooked_on_books Sounds really interesting 1y
CarolynM It's seriously disturbing how many of the things I was told as a child about the world are simply not true. Here's another example. I can believe that the original white colonists were too ignorant and blinkered to understand what the aboriginal people were doing but the complacency that's kept us believing it for so long is damning. 14mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Aboriginal Australians the world‘s first bakers?!
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Mind being blown by this non fiction read.

When we were recently in Arnhem Land our tour guide showed us a deep groove in a horizontal rock face near some ancient rock art. He said that people had previously thought it was an ink well, but that it was more likely worn down over many years to grind grain for bread making. Wow. Just wow.
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LeeRHarry I‘m going to see the Bangarra Dance Company perform Dark Emu tomorrow night and I‘m beyond excited!!! 😆 (edited) 1y
Jeg Wow.😮 1y
MrsMalaprop Oh how exciting @LeeRHarry 👏. 1y
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MrsMalaprop
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#Nextup A bit of fact and a bit of fiction. Happy Friday night Littens 📚🍷👏.

Cathythoughts Looks the perfect Friday night 👍🏻 1y
Rissreads The Ruin was our last bookclub book. 1y
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MrsMalaprop
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#Bookhaul #Bookmail 📚👏🤓.
Feed is a #blameitonlitsy purchase for my husband. I‘m always on the lookout for new dystopian fiction for him.
Room On Our Rock is a #blameiton @Jeg 😂. Bought it for my niece‘s birthday.
Bastard Out Of Carolina was recommended recently by a good friend.

I am very excited to get my hands on the tagged book, a seminal rewriting of history that challenges the hunter gatherer view of Australian Aborigines 👊❤️💛🖤.

Rissreads Great, now I have another book to add to my tbr list. I love dystopian fiction too!!!! 1y
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Gillyreads
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I learnt so much from reading this book. It's hard to describe how important I think it is so I'm sharing this review quote.

Marchpane Should be read by every Australian. 3y
Gillyreads @Marchpane absolutely 3y
Sue What @Marchane said. It would be wonderful if it was on the school curriculum. 3y
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If the test of sophistication were whether or not all were fed regardless of rank or whether all contributed to the spiritual and cultural health of the civilisation, Aboriginal Australia might have a much higher rank that some of the nations considered the hallmark of human evolution

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Gillyreads
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History we didn't learn in school

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Sue
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Not even 100 pages into this book and it's shattered my understanding of our first peoples. This is not what I was taught in school. This should be compulsory reading for all Australians.

Marchpane Incredible, isn't it? I wanted to shove a copy into the hands of everyone I know saying 'read this!' 3y
Sue @Marchpane That's exactly where I'm at! 3y
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Some non-fiction for #booktober - I'm only one chapter in, but I already want to push a copy of Dark Emu on everyone I know. It's short but packed with fascinating info and insight.

Pascoe peels away the bias in his primary sources (journals of early settlers and explorers) to topple cultural stereotypes about pre-contact indigenous Australians.

We need diverse scholars & historians. This book is one example of why. #diversereads

Marchpane The publisher's blurb makes it sound like this book is just about food production, and that is the focus, but there other topics touched upon as well, like housing, cultural traditions, systems of government etc 3y
becausetrains @Marchpane this is cool. I know some about Native Americans on the eve of English (French, Spanish, Dutch, etc.) colonization of North America, but only a bit about indigenous Australian peoples prior to Britain. I also know little to nothing about their current state - do you have any recommendations by Australian authors of native heritage? 3y
Marchpane @becausetrains I need to read more in this area myself. Maybe some other Aussies can help us? I'll post a few suggestions, starting with this beautiful little verse novel: 3y
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BookishFeminist This sounds amazing 3y
Marchpane I saw a Litsy post about this one the other day, it's queer YA and looks interesting: 3y
Marchpane @becausetrains Those 👆are all fiction but I found an incredible list which has fiction, non-fiction, kids books, etc: http://www.readingupsidedown.com/2014/01/anitas-black-book-challenge-1-and-2/ 3y
Marchpane @BookishFeminist it really is, and totally gives the lie to the idea that Aboriginal peoples were nomadic foragers. 3y
Sue @marchpane This book sounds amazing AND a list of recommended reading by Anita Heiss? I'm totally stoked! I've heard good things about this book (mentioned in Our Country) - it's sitting on my kindle waiting for me 3y
Marchpane @sue oh yes, Pascoe cites that one too and I have it downloaded and ready to go. And Anita Heiss's latest! 3y
Sue @marchpane How good does her latest look? I'm saving it for 2017 - it will be my Australian read for my reading around the world challenge next year :) 3y
Marchpane @sue I used to do all Australian authors for the month of January, thinking of reviving that tradition in 2017 so I'll have to make an Aussie TBR. I'm so impressed by your 'round the world challenge!! 3y
Sue An Aussie TBR is a great idea! It's a shame there's no function here or on Goodreads to have multiple people contributing to a TBR. That would be cool. And thank you! 3y
Sue Btw I totally need to read Mullumbimby - it's one of my favourite little towns. I'm heading out there in a couple of weeks :) 3y
Marchpane @sue I've never been there, although I've been to Byron many times. Might need to organise a road trip! 3y
Sue Road Trip!! I've decided I'm going to put a page on my blog to list a bunch of Indigenous titles - which I will endeavour to flesh out to include Maori, Native American etc. And I'm astonished - my local library actually has Dark Emu. 3y
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