Dark Emu [Digital Download]



Presenter: Bruce PascoeWinner of the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Award

VIDEO Running Time approx. 80mins

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Indigenous Agriculture Prior To European Settlement

Following on from his book Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe 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. Bruce 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.

Recent evidence challenges some long held assumptions and in this presentation Bruce challenges his audience to take action by querying any library or school still holding out dated history books and to ask them to remove them. We can all do our bit here.

Updated evidence of grain grinding stones now shows that the aboriginal people were making bread from native grasses up to 40,000 years ago, some 25,000 years before the Egyptians who were thought to be the 1st bakers.

Bruce is a powerful and passionate spokesperson for the aboriginal people and exposes some of the injustices still being carried out today.


  • 1: Disclaimer
  • 2: Welcome to Country
  • 3: The World’s First Baker
  • 4: The Explorers’ Journals
  • 5: Q & A
  • 6: Will History Be Rewritten?

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Grain Growing In Pure Sand

Growing Yam Daisies – Australia’s Earliest Agriculture?

Bogan Pick Proves Tilling in Aboriginal Agricultural History

Is This The Oldest Human Construction on Earth?

Native Grasses, Gluten-free Grain, One Watering

Increase Carbon With Australian Domesticated Native Grains

Agricultural Information, It’s In All the Explorers’ Journals

Will History be Rewritten?