A new book offers a forensic unmasking of Bruce Pascoe’s work and suggests he is devaluing the true history of Indigenous Australia. Can the issue be investigated without becoming mired in the culture wars?
Crikey is this week publishing a series of stories on Dark Emu and its much-lauded author Bruce Pascoe, in light of the recent critical examination of Pascoe’s thesis by anthropologist Peter Sutton and archaeologist Dr Keryn Walshe.
Through the publication of Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate, Sutton and Walshe have effectively blown the whistle on Pascoe’s work. Given how influential Dark Emu has become in recasting Australia’s history, this forensic unmasking represents an important moment.
In tackling this topic, Crikey is aware of how caught up Dark Emu has been in the tiresome culture wars that dominate the public discourse. That makes it a fraught exercise.
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