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A completely accessible, compelling and riveting account of pre-invasion Aboriginal agricultural systems.

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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An immensely valuable contribution to the conversation

Thank you for reinforcing my respect for indigenous Australians and for expanding my knowledge on how our landscape has come to be.

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Vital Australian Aboriginal History.

A tectonic shift in anthropology. Reveals knowedge of human history and development that should be known by all peoples of the world.

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Amazing eye opener

Another example of our commonly known history being false. This wonderful book goes someway in correcting that criminal fact.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-17

Captivating and Stirring

A truly fantastic audiobook narrated by the author Bruce Pascoe. I think I put even more value to his words as he was the one reading them and emphasizing as he would normally in conversation. He made it a pleasure to listen to.

The numerous examples of indigenous peoples farming the land was so refreshing to hear. FINALLY the truth is coming forward and I look forward to our shared history being reframed.

Whilst I loved the book, the reality is I came to tears on a number of occasions. To hear through the writings of those first settlers who gave such little value to our ways, how blinkered they were to our intimate knowledge of the land and how they systematically destroyed every opportunity to allow our peoples the right to care for boodja (country) is absolutely heartbreaking. I must admit I feel agrieved. I am going to need some time to process my initial reaction so I can channel that energy into helping to make a difference.

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  • Alistair
  • 03-29-17

paradigm shifting

growing up in Australia and going through the public school system, I have learnt a great deal from this book. it tells a story fundamentally different than what I was brought to to believe. I am thankful for this as to improve my once very ignorant appreciation of Australian aboriginal historical culture. this should be read and studied in schools in Australia

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-17

Must Read for Every Australian

This books takes you on a journey of discovery, unearthing the ways of Indigenous Australia that are kept buried deep in the earth and in the historical records of the first colonisers. Taking extracts from the diaries of some of the first white contact in areas across Australia a very different picture is shown of the depth of knowledge that was completely ignored and destroyed as sheep and people displaced traditional practices. There is so much to learn from this for us to go forward and by honouring and relearning these practices repair some of the damage that we do today. It is a story of optimism for the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-18

Wow

Eye opening, this book gave me chills to know there is so much I never knew and still so much more to learn. This has profoundly changed how I think of Australian history and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the history of Australia

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  • Moore Ink
  • 11-10-18

Finally, a real history of Aboriginal Australia.

Bruce Pascoe’s work is insightful, thoroughly researched and mind-blowing as it reveals how far white culture has gone in its effort to deny and marginalise Aboriginal culture in favour of its own colonialist story. His tone is not accusatory and it’s clear he is offering a missing but much needed perspective on Australian history; white historians have gotten so much wrong. At times, it is heartbreaking to hear how little regard or respect white settlers had for the indigenous population—who were many, and the land was far from Terra Nullius—and disappointing to think of the knowledge that was lost or ignored in terms of managing the precious resources of the Australian continent. Ultimately, Pascoe’s message is one of hope of reconciliation and encouragement for the colonisers to begin now to learn from Aboriginal people how to manage the resources in a sustainable and responsible manner—as Aboriginal people always have, and before we stuff it up any further—and to acknowledge and thank the indigenous people for their wisdom in taking care of this Great Southern Land for 60,000+ years. What a well-written book—it’s the best thing I’ve read in ages, and I read a lot. This should be a key resource in every Humanities classroom and a part of the Australian school curriculum. Thank you, Bruce Pascoe. #QCAA

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  • Judy
  • 11-06-18

Thanks Bruce, I’m sorry and thank you.

You opened my eyes. I’d heard bits from time to time over the years that our first people were more sophisticated than we were taught at school but I’d had no idea of this. I’m angry that our texts were redacted to support terra nullius. I’m also very conscious that my own family on both sides took up land that was given to them by the government although it wasn’t theirs to give. I’m sorry, and thank you.

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  • Adam
  • 11-03-18

brilliant book!

every Australian should read this book! how is this kind of information not more available...

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  • Alex Kompos
  • 10-22-18

This needs to be taught in school

Completely change my perception of I view Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in Australia (for the better)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-18

Australian must read/listen

If you think you understand the history of this country then this may come s shock to you, Bruce story telling really spoke lengths to me threw this audio format !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-18

everyone needs to read this

I am so shocked that I had no idea about Aboriginal farming or engineering. The deliberate retelling by white invaders has been so profoundly damaging to Aboriginal people and the land. I will be spreading the word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-18

Must read for all Australians.

Anyone who lives in Australia needs to hear this story. The history we were taught in school is misleading and incomplete.