Were Indigenous Australians hunter-gatherers prior to colonisation? Author Bruce Pascoe thinks not. In 2014, Pascoe, an Indigenous Bunurong man born in Victoria, published a non-fiction book called Dark Emu: Black Seeds, Agriculture or Accident? which challenges the widely held notion. Instead, he put forward evidence that they cultivated domesticated plants, built permanent dwellings, and developed sophisticated systems of governance and sustainable land care for thousands of years across the country.

The book struck a chord with Stephen Page, Artistic Director...

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