Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe has certainly changed my view of the history of Australian Aboriginal people. This book ought to be made compulsory reading for every Australian. There is a Ted talk by Bruce Pascoe that covers some of the ground covered in the book (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqgrS…) but the book goes into much more detail.
I thought I had a fairly good idea of the history of the Australian aboriginal people but this book points out how history has been coloured by the perceptions of those writing about it. In many cases the actual evidence has been ignored so that history has been written to suit the person writing it.
“Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Pascoe challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.”
This was an eye opening read.