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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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very interesting

should be in the school curriculum, calmly unpacks some very important issues in a convincing and thoughtful manner

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Wow!

This should be compulsory reading for every child (& adult) in Australia.

Massive respect for our indigenous people! This is so wonderful to get this information out there. We need to be learning more from, and consulting with, our country’s traditional custodians.

Who knew.. and why weren’t we taught this during our school years?!

Well done Bruce Pascoe. I’m sharing this as much as I possibly can.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-18

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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  • Tom Dawkins
  • 24-02-20

Brilliant, accessible, essential

This is a eye-opening and mind-expanding history of Australia. It's exhilarating to learn vital new insights into Aboriginal society and technology, heart-breaking to realise how much has been lost and inspiring to consider what a future Australia could look like once we embrace and honour this history and wisdom. Essential reading or listening for every Australian. It's great to have the author reading it too, which is not always the case with audiobooks.

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  • Ross
  • 04-02-20

Global must read

Provides an expanded of human history and future. The past is not what is taught in schools.

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  • Tanya Batt
  • 03-02-20

Enlightening

This books reveals what has been invisible and asks us to consider who ‘the story’ serves. I hope I live to see this kind of thinking integrated into the Australian consciousness. I am humbled by my own ignorance.

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  • Brodie
  • 15-03-19

The truth hurts.

Essential listening for every Australian teenage upwards. If we can change we should . A timely reminder that it is not too late.

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  • Neil
  • 18-07-18

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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  • Philip I. Kyson
  • 12-06-17

Amazing eye opener

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