Aboriginal agricultural practice and permaculture

Dark Emu by Bruce PascoeIn the most moving event that I have ever attended, Bruce Pascoe revealed ancient agricultural practices that I had never heard of. Right here in Australia, cropping and bread making was first developed, going against all of our teachings. Why has this history been withheld from us?

Like many colonised countries, Australia has a dark history, a history that is painful to hear. A story that we need to hear. By denying the agricultural history, European colonisers claimed that Australia was Terra Nullius.

The traditional foods that had been selected over thousands of years, have all but disappeared. Permaculture is predicated on the idea that our modern way of living is coming to an end. We have to reconnect to the land, and simplify our lives for our own survival. Learning from the past, will give us a future.

“You can’t eat our food if you can’t swallow our history”

Bruce Pascoe

In this audio version Bruce presents first and David’s talk starts at 32 minutes. I highly recommend you listen to this presentation.

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A few photos that capture the wonderful spirit of the night

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A traditional smoking ceremony


Graham Atkinson says Womin-dji-ka (welcome) to Dja Dja Wurrung country


Packed to the rafters


Author Patrick Jones MCs the proceedings


Pete O’Mara addresses the crowd


Bruce and David with their partners Lyn and Su.


Thank you to everyone who came along to Land Cultures to hear Bruce and David tell stories and share knowledges and experiences. Thank you Oliver Holmgren for the pics and thank you to the Hepburn Relocalisation Network for organising the event with the support of the Hepburn Shire Council.

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