Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident?

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Broome, W.A., Magabala Books,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781922142436
Characteristics: 173 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.

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AlanFriede
Sep 02, 2017

A fascinating book that will cause an open minded reader to radically change their views on Aboriginal economies. Although limited scientific focus on the area means that the book relies heavily on early white explorer and settler accounts, enough evidence is provided to demonstrate, complex Aboriginal food exploitation well beyond hunter gathering activities.

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