Taika Waititi recommended this book on Twitter a while ago, so I decided to pick it up. It's a really interesting look at how colonial histories are deliberately written to erase the histories and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples (he's writing specifically about Australia), and it's a roadmap for a better and more sustainable future. Highly recommend this one.
📖🖤👍 Book 120_2018 - Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe - In this book, Pascoe offers an alternative view of pre-colonial Aboriginal society. One in which people were building dams, irrigating and building wells, planting and harvesting seed. They preserved and stored surplus and built houses and sheds. They had homes and elaborate cemeteries and they manipulated the landscape. It is a book that aims to support the move towards a better understanding and adoption of more relevant, sustainable approaches to managing the harsh Australian environment. This book is written in a straightforward manner and I found it engaging and enlightening. If you want to understand more clearly how Aboriginal pre-colonial life has been whitewashed, why, and what we can do about it, I highly recommend this book. (I also highly recommend a Sunday ritual of couch, book and doggo). With thanks to @_centauri33 for lending me the book (and doggo). #whatimreading#bookblogger#booklover#samreads66#darkemu#brucepascoe#readnonfiction
Another day, another day trip. Really looking forward to dipping back into this excellent book, which is fascinating and shameful in equal parts. If you have any interest in food, gardening, agriculture, conservation, ecology and Australian history, you should read it.
One of my all time favourite books. I first read this book in the early 90’s. It is about the Australian Aboriginal people and the many aspects of their enlightening culture. Every year I read this book and depending on what is happening in my life the answer comes loud and clear in one of the pages. Many years ago when I learnt the art of manifesting I found manifesting in the pages of this book. Another year I questioned the guideline of how much water we should drink a day, the answer was there, another time I wondered about energy healings and there it was. It is the book that keeps giving. This year I’m interested in the power of emotion and meditation on health and there on page 94 is the full explanation.
This was a controversial book in its time and even I at times doubted the validity. But one day I was given a gift to stop my doubting. I met an amazing Aboriginal elder. We spoke for several hours and without him ever reading this book he told me things about his culture that were written in the book. Many thanks to the author who I have since spoken with for experiencing walkabout and writing about your adventure. I am blessed and grateful that the right book, person, idea, thought, experience, joy, workshop and love have entered my life to lead me to this point in my life. Gratitude is one of the lessons of this book. All too often we see what we don’t have as opposed to what we do have. Thank you to all the people who read my information and acted on it in order to not only change your own life but that of your families and creating a ripple across the community. Information and knowledge is nothing unless you act on it. I am inspired by people who act on knowledge, congratulations you are my heroes. Let me know if you have read this book and what you learnt and how you acted on the knowledge. #gratitude#mutantmessagesdownunder#emotionalhealing#darkemu#marlomorgan#drjoedispenza ##meditation @functionalnutritionacademy @changinghabits_hq @changinghabitsfarm
Dark Emu- Reconsidering the ‘hunter-gatherer’ label of pre colonial Aboriginal Australians. Bruce Pascoe’s work has resonated with me since I first read Convincing Ground. It’s not light reading, but it is important reading. Thanks Bruce Pascoe for researching, writing about, and discussing Australian history. #darkemu @bitheega #therealaustralianhistory#truehistory
‘Essential reading for understanding what Australia once was...” ✨
Aboriginal people were sophisticated, intelligent and connected with Mother Earth. My ancestors cultivated systems to survive & thrive 👣✨
I truly believe that with Indigenous knowledge we ALL can thrive and know how to protect and live well in and on our Country 🌿🌏
Check out Uncle Bruce Pascoes book, I got mine from @yarnstrongsista ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you interested in learning more about Indigenous culture? If so, I’ll be working on bringing regular learnings & insights through my future work.
There is a lot of ‘coming soon’ with me 🙈 we all evolve and our direction ebbs & flows. I’m confident that by 2019 I will be bringing photography & wellness into a space & platform I can share with the world ✨ #LiveOnPurpose
Ding, dong the witch is dead. The girls are rehearsing OZ, baby is napping and I am enjoying learning all this incredible history of the ways of Australia’s - the world’s - first people. They were so sophisticated. They built dams and wove fish nets that would take three years for an advanced weaver to complete, as good as any found in Europe. Their fish traps were designed to ensure fish stock would reach other families up and downstream. And boy, interspecies collaboration with the mammals of the sea, what a beautiful thing. Our interdependence hasn’t diminished any, though we have forgotten much. There is much hope for remembering. 👏🏻
Like the saying : the cream always come to the top ..... although the Genocide attempt in many indigenous culture, now we have the opportunity to learn from those "vagabond savages" with only 40,000 + years of experience that new one or two things on how to live in harmony with the land, without the need to go on the moon 🌙 as a new destruction plan. This two books 📚 are New historical evidences on how much more complex and harmonious society where before the new kids on the block arrived in town with fancy ideas 💡 and inability to adapt to what was provided by the mother 🌏 #biggestestateonearth#darkemu They literally had it all sort it
Ethical, biodynamic, regenerative, aquaponic, Organic, multicultural farming ✅
Land management ✅
Integrative society ✅ ( not by chance is called : The greatest estate on earth 🌏) And this is my only what we can grasp from not many archeological and historical finding
It’s a bit hard to beat that early morning light isn’t it?
This is the view from the guest courtyard here at Girragirra and the light shining through the Kangaroo grass was just gorgeous this morning.
This grass is a native to the floodplain and was actively harvested and stooked by the Wiradjuri for later threshing of the grain to be made into bread.
It’s great to see a renaissance of interest in bread making using these native grasses @staple_bread .
If you haven’t already, shout yourself a copy of Bruce Pascoe’s Book Dark Emu. It’s a fascinating read and documents many observations taken directly from the journals of the first European explorers around the farming practices of Aboriginal Australians.
Most important, while we continue to picture Aboriginal people as having no permanent settlements, it is easier to dismiss Aboriginal attachment to the land. The same logic was used by the Democratic Labor Party Senator Peter Kavanagh to denounce a State of Victoria Native Title Bill (that would recognize a set of rights and interests over the lands and water where Aboriginal groups practices traditional laws and customs) by saying “nomads had no concept of land ownership”. This narrative that pre-colonial Aboriginals were purely nomadic hunter-gatherers completely removes their right to own land. We need to begin acknowledging their true history and notable achievements.
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Today, I went to a #goodfoodmonth event run by @foodfaithau: Breaking Bread - The Panel. A discussion about bread, the baking, and the making, as well as the use and cultivation of grains suited to the Australian climate by aboriginal peoples, as recorded by the first Aussie explorers in their journals. We were given a goodie bag of four breads - a panini, a challa, a chappati, and a loaf made from one of the rediscovered grains once cultivated by Aboriginal peoples. You can see the tiny grains in the close up of the loaf. And it was delicious.
If you'd like to read more about the history of aboriginal agriculture, then Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe is the book to find.
Native bee visiting Yam Daisy (Microseris sp.) - a major traditional food crop pre-colonization, that is making a come back.
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I was pleasantly surprised to spot a little kardlaparti native bee on a ngampa yam daisy in our Indigenous vegetable garden 🌼 🐝
It's a rainy public holiday, ideal for good coffee and essential, enlightening reading: DARK EMU Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? by Bruce Pascoe published by @magabalabooks.
"If we are to attempt to understand Indigenous philosophy it has to begin with the profound obligation to land."
How do we include this book on the school curriculum? It is packed with evidence of how lush and food-bearing our country was for eons under the conscious and sophisticated care of Aborigines. Rather timely as Australia is in dire need of alternatives to the detrimental nature of sheep and cattle farming in our drought-stricken land.
I had a wonderful birthday yesterday - thank you to everyone for the wishes! Looks like I will be settling in to read Bruce Pascoe's #darkemu this weekend, and waiting with baited breath to see @ausballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!
If you haven't read Dark Emu, set aside 12 minutes to listen to Indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe's TEDxSydney talk (just google his name and it pops up). Using colonial journals, Bruce was able to form a radically different view of Australian history, which dispels the myth that Aboriginal people did nothing with the land... far from it. Instead for centuries they were farming, miles and miles of Aboriginal domesticates such as yams and grains.
Through Food Ladder, Aboriginal people are able to reclaim their history, growing commercial quantities of traditional foods and working on the land, like their ancestors did before them.
EVERY AUSTRALIAN NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. Bruce Pascoe combed the archives of white settler accounts to prove that Aboriginal Australia had a complex and highly sophisticated agricultural system in place - before colonisers destroyed much of it. This book is groundbreaking because it completely blows out of the water white Australia’s racist assertions of a) terra nullius and b) that the First Peoples of our nation were uncivilised.
The mainstream version of Australian history needs a REVOLUTION and it is here in this book! Thank you Bruce Pascoe for writing it; you’ve shown white Australia how much knowledge and wisdom Aboriginal culture holds.
Volcanic lightning may have sparked life on Earth. In the Miller-Urey experiment, a mixture of gases were heated and zapped with electricity to mimic lightning. This created five identifiable amino acids. Instead of Darwin’s warm little pond being the entire ocean, the warm little pond could have consisted of volcanic island tide pools and lagoons. The original spark of life may have begun in a warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity, etc. present, so that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes. All that would then be needed is electricity – and many large volcanic eruptions are accompanied by spectacular lightning. ”says Jeffrey L. Bada, professor of Marine Chemistry and former Director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training (NSCORT) in Exobiology in the Geologic Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. (PhD in Chemistry under the direction of Stanley Miller in 1968). New Scientist Oct 16, 2008. Volcanic lightning may have sparked life on Earth.
After traveling across four states to perform 63 shows, Bangarra’s Dark Emu national tour has come to an end. Our work would not be possible without the support of our audiences and we thank each and everyone of you that shared our journey with us.
As we conclude our season we reflect on the spirit of resilience and hope through Alana Valentine’s closing passage: “I am the rock that holds the heat, after the sun has set. Thank you my country
I am the grain that takes the oil, after the pouring is done. Thank you my country
I am the stone soaking up water, long since retrieved from the pool. Thank you, my country
I am the spirit of country, still giving all life to the land. Thank you, my country” 📸 @daniel.boud
I am not Indigenous, but I am Australian. I am not connected to the millenia-old dreaming of one of the world's oldest living cultures. But when I watch @bangarradancetheatre perform, I feel such a connection to my country, from its distant past to its recent history. No other dancers, choreography, music or staging have ever had such an emotional impact on me. Each. And. Every. Time. For all our sakes, please keep dancing and telling the stories of Country and our country. #darkemu#darkemu2018
✨An incredible performance by @bangarradancetheatre of Bruce Pasco’s Dark Emu, adaptation of the must-read book about the ingenuity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; the untold history of Australia and the longest living culture! Such beauty in the fluid movement as individuals with the group dances together, stunning sets and a ‘moving’ performance! 😊Thank you! ✨