Dark Emu Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?
by Bruce Pascoe
Get ready to be blown away. This fascinating book argues that the label hunter-gatherer has been incorrectly applied to pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. Pascoe uses photographs, drawings and diary entries from first European contact to show that Aboriginal people were using domesticated plants; sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing (all of which is inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer label) as well as building permanent large scale settlements, and farming animals.
Pascoe argues that this false labelling has come about due to the Darwinian world view of settlers at the time as well as a need to justify dispossession.
He examines the traditional methods of agriculture, aquaculture, farming, storage, land management and law making.
A fascinating read.
Available on backorder