Dark Emu / Bruce Pascoe
WINNER – 2016 Indigenous Writer's Prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards
WINNER – 2016 Book of the Year in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards
SHORTLISTED – 2014 History Book Award in the Queensland Literary Awards
SHORTLISTED – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing
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 re-tellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required.
About the author
Bruce Pascoe is a writer of Tasmanian, Bunurong and Yuin descent. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. Bruce is an award-winning author who has written over thirty books spanning fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles. His works of fiction for children include the CBCA shortlisted Mrs Whitlam (Magabala Books 2016), Seahorse (Magabala Books 2015) and the Prime Minister’s Literary YA Award-winning Fog a Dox (Magabala Books 2012). In 2018, Bruce was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.