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Dark Emu

Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?
Narrated by: Bruce Pascoe
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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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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One of the best books ever!!!!

Worth every penny and more!!! Thank you so much for this amazing and precious work - I wish I had all your resources to read now!!

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Propaganda posing as scholarship

Let me save you time reading this book. It can be summarised as Australian Aboriginals good, Europeans evil. With sloppy research, cherry picking of facts, and mere wishful thinking, the author presents a politically correct fantasy. Note that whenever facts are not available that supports his argument, the author assumes that's because evil Europeans destroyed the evidence. Whenever a settler’s journal notes something positive about the natives, it is accepted without question. Yet whenever a settler’s journal remains silent or says something negative, its because evil Europeans are biased. This isn't scholarship - it’s mere propaganda.

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  • Andrew Connolly
  • 12-12-18

Moving away from ingnorance

It was very refreshing hearing the accounts and modern science behind the way the aborigines farmed and cared for their land in ingenious and natural ways. Having travelled Australia and driving through the centre which looked very desolate this book offers a different perspective.

Perhaps the most shocking take away from this book is that Australia, before cattle, sheep and western agricultural practices became the norm, Australia was a lush country with some areas being compared to some of the UK's finest estates with lush vegetation and forest.

Let's hope modern scientific trials can continue and unlock the secrets the indigenous population already knew through their shared knowledge of how to look after and work with the land, to make it productive and healthy once more.