Black seeds: Examining the myth of Hunting and Gathering

BLACK SEEDS: Examining the myth of Hunting and Gathering and how this assumption has affected the relationship and dialogue between Aboriginal people and the Australian mainstream

‘If we look at the evidence presented to us by the explorers and explain to our children that Aboriginal people did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate and till the land, did alter the course of rivers, did sew their clothes, and did construct a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity, then it is likely we will admire and love our land all the more’ Bruce Pascoe in Dark Emu.

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong/Tasmanian Yuin man and winner of the Australian Literature Award (Shark) 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010, Prime Minister’s Award for Literature (Yong Adult) 2013 and Published and Edited Australian Short Stories magazine 1982-1999. His books include : Night Animals, Fox, Ruby Eyed Coucal, Shark, Ocean, Earth, Cape Otway, Convincing Ground, Little Red Yellow and Black Book. His most recent books are: Bloke, published by Penguin in 2009, Chainsaw File, Oxford, 2010, Fog; a dox, Magabala, 2012 (2013 PM’s Award) and Dark Emu, the history of Aboriginal agriculture was published in 2014 (reprinted four times since March) and shortlisted in the Victorian Premiers’ Literary awards in 2014.

He is a board member of Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and First languages Australia, and past Secretary Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation. Bruce lives in Gipsy Point, Far East Gippsland with wife, Lyn Harwood. Two children, three grandchildren.