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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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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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  • Robyn
  • 04-10-18

A must read for every Australian...

Bruce's voice, the truth, the feelings, the hope, the reasonable despair...but most of all the hope of a way beyond grinding stupidity. The shame we should feel for our ongoing unwillingness to deeply acknowledge the debt... this is an amazing book that lights my day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-18

A glimpse of the truth

Research such as this needs a platform so as to be able to reach a wider audience and let history’s truths be told.

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  • Christine
  • 03-30-18

Astounding amazing MUST READ

How could this information have been hidden from me for so long....someone please make it into a documentary

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-18

A must listen for every Australian.

It is unbelievable that this history is not taught in Australian schools. We need to open our eye's to colonization and it's effects.

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  • Lochlan
  • 03-26-18

A read for all proud Australians

This book is a short yet in-depth journey into the question: “to whom does Australia belong”. To some, the answer is simple - it belongs to the Australian Government, and the Commonwealth beyond that. The justification for this is very European and biased against aboriginal ownership of the land in many was. This book has done a fantastic job of informing the reader as to the illegitimacy of the colonial ownership of Australia, even according to the European reasons such as agriculture and sedentism. No honest, proud Australian should skip this read - there is so much to be sorry for that should be acknowledged instead of ignored or suppressed, and so many people for whom these issues of colonialism still cause significant grief.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-18

I am so glad I was told about this wonderful book

as a 60 year old Australia born person, I am finally seeing past the lies I was taught in school and from the people around me. I am proud to say I have worked as a nurse within the Taree Aboriginal community for 25 yrs. I am a better person for this

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  • ElleDee
  • 02-28-18

What We Were Never Told. So Interesting

Amazed at the way history could easily be lost. Thank goodness for researchers. I enjoyed the telling of this history.

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  • J. Sims
  • 02-04-18

Insightful reading

I read this book to have a better understanding of indigenous culture pre colonisation. I have a deeper respect for the indigenous Australians and also a deeper guilt of the wrongs my fore fathers caused to these people.

It has inspired me to research the areas I travel and to see what I can do to help spread this information so that the appreciation and respect is given but so that the land to prosper again.