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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
5:30pm

Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

with Bruce Pascoe
Hosted by Neil Wilson

Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

with Bruce Pascoe
Hosted by Neil Wilson
6
Monday
May
5:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Bruce Pascoe

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.

History has portrayed Australia’s First Peoples, the Aboriginals, as hunter-gatherers who lived on an empty, uncultivated land. History is wrong.

 

In this seminal book, Bruce Pascoe uncovers evidence that long before the arrival of white men, Aboriginal people across the continent were building dams and wells; planting, irrigating, and harvesting seeds, and then preserving the surplus and storing it in houses, sheds, or secure vessels; and creating elaborate cemeteries and manipulating the landscape. All of these behaviors were inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag, which turns out have been a convenient lie that worked to justify dispossession.

 

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