The aim of NAIDOC week is to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This act of recognition and celebration is especially significant in our current political climate, with BLM protests occurring worldwide.
Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu (among other scholarly works) challenges the concept of a ‘hunter-gatherer’ model in Australia before colonisation. The work puts forward scientific evidence to support Pascoe’s proposal that Indigenous Australians employed agricultural and land management methods in pre-colonial times. Acknowledging such methods allows us to acknowledge Indigenous Australia’s pre-colonial history, which is largely overlooked in our educational institutions.
As a gardening blog, we will detail how to grow and use five native Australian plants, some of which Pascoe grows and harvests on his Victorian property.