Farmers or hunter-gatherers? : the dark emu debate / Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe.
Contributor(s): Walshe, Keryn [author.]Material type: TextPublisher: Carlton, Victoria : Melbourne University Press, 2021Copyright date: ©2021Description: 288 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, illustrations (some colour), maps, forms ; 24 cmContent type: cartographic image | still image | text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780522877854Subject(s): Pascoe, Bruce, 1947-. Dark emu | Aboriginal Australians -- Agriculture | Aboriginal Australians -- Antiquities | Aboriginal Australians -- History | Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs | Agriculture -- Australia -- History | Australian literature -- Criticism and interpretation | Hunting and gathering societies -- Australia | Land use, Rural -- Australia | Subsistence hunting -- Australia | Australia -- History | Australia -- Social conditions | Mer / Murray Island (Qld TSI SC55-05) | Hopkins River (W Vic SJ54-12) | Tae Rak / Lake Condah (W Vic SJ54-11) | Tasmania (Tas)DDC classification: 305.89915 LOC classification: DU124.A46 2021
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. The Dark Emu debate -- 2. Spiritual propogation -- 3. The language question -- 4. Ecological agents and 'firestick farming' -- 5. Social evolutionism rebirthed -- 6. The agriculture debate -- 7. Patterns of apparel -- "Aquaculture' or fishing and trapping? -- 9. Dwellings -- 10. Mobility -- 11. The explorers' records -- 'Agricultural' implements and antiquity -- 13. Stone circles and 'smoking' trees -- Conclusion.
An authoritative study of pre-colonial Australia that dismantles and reframes popular narratives of First Nations land management and food production. Australians' understanding of Aboriginal society prior to the British invasion from 1788 has been transformed since the publication of Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu in 2014. It argued that classical Aboriginal society was more sophisticated than Australians had been led to believe because it resembled more closely the farming communities of Europe. In Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe ask why Australians have been so receptive to the notion that farming represents an advance from hunting and gathering. Drawing on the knowledge of Aboriginal elders, previously not included within this discussion, and decades of anthropological scholarship, Sutton and Walshe provide extensive evidence to support their argument that classical Aboriginal society was a hunter-gatherer society and as sophisticated as the traditional European farming methods. 'Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?' asks Australians to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal society and culture.