Peter Sutton ; Keryn Walshe ; Christophe Darmangeat - Farmers or hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu debate

societes-plurielles:11296 - Sociétés plurielles, May 10, 2023, 7 | 2023 - Identity versus science? Science at the service of identity? - https://doi.org/10.46298/societes-plurielles.2023.11296
Farmers or hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu debateArticle

Authors: Peter Sutton ; Keryn Walshe ; Christophe Darmangeat 1,2

Dark Emu (2014), a book written by Bruce Pascoe, argues for a drastic revision of the vision of Aboriginal peoples at the time of the colonisation of Australia. Traditionally presented as nomadic hunter-gatherers, they were in fact for the most part villagers who applied some forms of agriculture and fish farming, all of which were concealed by those who wanted to appropriate their lands, thus forging a false version perpetuated by anthropological tradition. This provocative thesis has had a huge impact in Australia, where it has been the subject of much controversy. Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe’s book is the first rebuttal by academic specialists–who are also deeply involved in the defence of the rights of Aboriginal communities.


Volume: 7 | 2023 - Identity versus science? Science at the service of identity?
Section: Articles
Published on: May 10, 2023
Accepted on: May 10, 2023
Submitted on: May 10, 2023
Keywords: Australia,Aborigines,agriculture,sedentariness,colonialism,land rights,Australie,Aborigènes,agriculture,sédentarité,colonialisme,droits fonciers,[SHS.ANTHRO-SE]Humanities and Social Sciences/Social Anthropology and ethnology,[SHS.HISPHILSO]Humanities and Social Sciences/History, Philosophy and Sociology of Sciences

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