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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.

©2014 Bruce Pascoe (P)2017 Bolinda audio

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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
  • 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.

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  • Cheryl
  • 08-15-18

You must read /listen to this book I was crying inside the whole way thru

With wonderment and sorrow I am honoured to have had the opportunity to listen to this ...
And take it in and spread the insights

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  • Daniel
  • 06-27-18

A must read for all Australians.

I'm immediately re-listening to this. This information will become widespread soon. It has to. It's been a long time coming.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-18

Eye Opening

This book taught me more than school ever did. Hopefully this book inspires more research about the lives of Aboriginal people prior to the arrival of Europeans.

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  • Jane
  • 06-16-18

This should be mandatory history in schools

Fantastic read and a must listen. Amazing, the history that has been hidden from us.

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  • jothamkingston
  • 06-07-18

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This book turns everything I learned at school about Australian Aboriginal culture on its head. Agriculture, stone houses, towns of thousands. I think this book is a must read for every white Australian like me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-18

Altermative perspective on Indigenous Australia

provocative and providing great insight into these untold stories right under our nose. Aboriginal structures and agriculture captured in our own hstory in plain sight.

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  • Isabelle
  • 05-20-18

Fascinating

Such an important book and one that every Australian and anyone interested in history, plants or the environment should read.