Bill Pascoe’s book “Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?” makes the case that the Aboriginal Australians and Torres Straits Islanders were not hunter gatherers as commonly believed, but sedentary agriculturalists, with sophisticated engineering, aquaculture, architectural, and botanical knowledge.
This video is the first in a series describing the academic background to Dark Emu, it’s initial reception and rise to fame, the controversy over its accuracy, and its current reception in the scholarly community.
01:12 Dark Emu’s scholarly predecessors
06:38 Dark Emu’s initial reception
07:32 Dark Emu’s rise to fame
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