Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu: Black Seeds — Unveiling Precolonial Aboriginal Agriculture


Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. His most recent book, ‘Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident’ (published 2014), puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians and shines light on the history of Aboriginal agriculture. This work won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award by the Australia Council in 2018.