bruce pascoe

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intro’d to Bruce here:

Jay (@thejaymo) tweeted at 7:28 AM – 31 Dec 2016 :

Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures Land Cultures tells the story of the day…


ways to perform economy outside the banker’s realm..

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9 min – it was an incredible bit of science and agriculture.. and yet this country knows nothing about it.. 220 yrs of academic research.. and no one can say what that grass was that they were growing.. great’s a grass.. no one knows of..

..this is an absence of scholarship

12 min – sir thomas mitchel.. in his journals.. rode thru villages.. remarked on how 1000 diff houses and everyone diff.. grace of their design and the bounty of food growing on food/walls..  he had also though aboriginals.. were hunters gatherers.. yet kept finding villages..  growing grains.. et al..

iwan baan ness..

14 min – he (sir thomas) req’d for this land for what it was.. but no one else..did..

15 min – i read about .. bread.. 3 yrs ago.. and i wondered who else had made bread before that.. wikipedia acknowledged egyptians as first people on earth to make bread.. 17 000 ago.. 15 000 yrs after.. one of our women…  and it’s probably older than 32 000 yrs.. so the chances at finding oldest in australia in first try..

16 min – so.. the profs that told me i could mention agriculture and aborigine in the same sentence.. had set me a challenge.. and as i turn the pages of these history books.. i had tears in my eyes.. because i was finding aborigine tools to fight this argument.. there’s nothing wrong with being a hunter/gatherer.. but the truth is.. we were not mere h & g’ i was thrilled to find these references.. thrilled to debunk idea as hapless wanderers..

17 min – that insistence on our country in perpetrating this lie is to justify possession of the land.. if you can argue back to your own people in england.. back to own govt in australia.. that aborigine people aren’t doing anything with the land.. they’re not sophisticated enough to use it.. .. then they don’t deserve it.. and nothing.. is further from the truth..

21 min – we flog all our streams.. we think it’s justified by farming… but surely.. there’s a % has to be left in the river.. this is not don’t have to be plato to work this one out.. you don’t have to be terribly smart to realize that rivers should have water in them.. we owe it to the land to be a bit more gentle.. and aboriginal people had the tools for that.. we’ve still got them.. and they can still be applied..

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25 min – dates to first discussions with Bill in 1974… but when i read Bruce’s book .. it still was a bit of shock.. the manipulation of bio materials.. landscape.. et al.. rediscovering what was known from the beginning..

27 min – of course it was the legal fact.. under our common law.. that those who worked the land.. did have some rights.. under our law.. so the denial that people were working the land.. was a very deliberate and necessary process for legal dispossession..

31 min – on selection disappearing..

32 min – on aboriginal ecosystem in top layer.. when that’s gone.. left with what’s called the bush

33 min – so .. the landscapes we have are nothing like they were.. the redevelopment of some of the indigenous food plants.. to sustain.. is a long term project.. we’ve got to rediscover the strains.. and do that selection… important tasks.. but won’t be done by the avg farmer.. this year..

35 min – ie: the vision of how we would select trees … a very slow project

37 min – is it cultural appropriation for me to be planting these plants.. everywhere in the world.. permaculture acknowledges indigenous and traditional people as the big source for what we need to do in the future.. *but not in the way that we need to exactly copy it in exactly the same place because the world has changed.. those soils are diff.. **all the cultures of the planet have been scrambled.. we are dealing w/1000 broken jigsaw puzzles.. of which we need to take pieces that we think might be useful.. and ***head over the horizon to a future we don’t know..

*chaos ness from Jim‘s doc..

**the need to listen deeply to every voice.. now.. to now..

***begs we leap.. (for (blank)’s sake…) a nother way.. where we can listen to all the voices

38 min – where we have to again.. become indigenous

like the apple tree.. becoming indigenous

39 min – we all need to become indigenous.. and help with the process of rediscovering of what’s been lost…



not hunter gatherers (2009)

13 min – i’m having battle w sr acadmics.. and i’ve losing.. because i’m not academic.. but i can read.. and these are the things i’ve read.. it looks to me as if these are not the habits of h g’s

14 min – what is going on.. this isn’t hunter gathering.. so i’m asking you.. what you think.. if we can’t use words like horticulturalist.. tilling.. farm.. cultivation.. what is going on.. i know it’s not hunter gatherer.. aboriginal people in that era knew it wasn’t h g… maybe term was just convenient for people at that time that wanted to take the land.. because if you’re h&g.. your position of the soil is itinerant


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Bruce Pascoe (born 1947 Richmond, Victoria) is an Australian Indigenous writer, from the Bunurong clan, of the Kulin nation. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher.

He is Director of Commonwealth Australian Studies project. He is working on preserving the Wathaurong language.

His books include Fog a Dox, a book for young adults that won the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2013, Convincing Ground about the Convincing Ground massacre,[3] and Dark Emu, a book that challenges the claim that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal peoples were hunter-gatherers. His research of early settler accounts found accounts of grain cultivation, flour, wells, and dams.

He edited Australian Short Stories, from 1982 to 1998.

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