A book challenging pre-colonial European perception of Aboriginal society has won Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
Dark Emu: Black Seeds - Agriculture or Accident? written by Bruce Pascoe reveals some of the ancient agricultural systems of Aboriginal people and proves that traditionally it wasn't just a hunter-gatherer society.
The book that can be used as a historical resource and a tribute to the elders that have gone before us who lived with this ancient knowledge system.
Bruce Pascoe say it is his obligation to write is his contribution to such a great culture
Bruce is a Boon Wurrung, Tasmanian, Yuin man and he hopes that people who read Dark Emu pay attention and use the knowledge to regard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people as an intelligent society of people.
Dark Emu: Black Seeds - Agriculture or Accident?(Magabala Books) also shares the Indigenous writers prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards with Ellen van Neerven -Heat and Light. University of Queensland Press.