Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident
Indigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe, recipient of the 2018 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, presents this lecture based on his most recent book Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident. Awarded the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016, Dark Emu includes compelling descriptions of precolonial Aboriginal agriculture based on accounts from early European explorers. The book argues that Australia must reconsider the 'hunter-gatherer' conception of precolonial Aboriginal Australians.
Bruce’s unique insights into precolonial Aboriginal systems of food production and land stewardship is highly valuable for researchers and is important to consider in the context of a changing climate.
Bruce Pascoe, Writer
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
**Bruce Pascoe** is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative of southern Victoria and has worked on the retrieval and teaching of Wathaurong language. With Lyn Harwood, Bruce edited and published *Australian Short Stories* for sixteen years. His many novels include *Night Animals* (1986), *Shark* (1999), *Earth* (2001) and *Ocean* (2002). His book *Fog a Dox* won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His nonfiction publications include *Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country* (AIATSIS 2000) and *Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident* (Magabala Books 2014), which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Book of the Year in 2016. This book was also the inspiration for the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s recent production *Dark Emu*, directed by Stephen Page. Photo: Rachel Mounsey