Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bruce Pascoe and David Holmgren to meet and share knowledges

Award-winning Australian writer, editor and anthologist Bruce Pascoe is leading a movement of researchers who are rewriting Aboriginal history in Australia. On Thursday April 7 2016 Pascoe will visit Daylesford for the below free events.
  • 2pm tour of Dja Dja Wurrung tools at the Daylesford Museum 
  • 3pm reading by Bruce of his young adult fiction at the Daylesford Library 
  • 4pm planting of murnongs (yam daisies) at the Daylesford Library community garden 
  • 7.30pm in conversation with David Holmgren for the event: Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures at the Daylesford Town Hall
Poster by Ian Robertson

The evening event will commence with a  Dja Dja Wurrung smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country. A Hepburn Shire Council representative will present a progress report on the Shire’s recognition and reconciliation projects. Pascoe’s keynote address will be followed by a response
from David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept and Hepburn Springs resident,
before opening the discussion to the floor. Supper will be provided by Hepburn Relocalisation Network (for a gold coin donation).

All events are free and people are encouraged to attend any or all of the events.

Bruce Pascoe has a Bunurong and Tasmanian heritage. In his latest book, Dark Emu: black seeds, Pascoe shows that the Aboriginal history we were taught in school — that indigenous Australians were chancey hunter-gatherer nomads — is a fiction. Using point of contact journals by European explorers, Pascoe demonstrates the extent of the ecologically sensitive agricultural practices that existed in Australia pre-1788, and shows that Aboriginal Australians were possibly the world’s first bread makers, preceding the Egyptians by at least 18,000 years.

If you’re going to participate in one significant cultural and learning day this year, this may well be it. Come and join the discussion and understand how the foods of Australia pre-1788 may become the foods of a climate-altered 21st century economy that acknowledge and celebrate the past.

The day is presented by Hepburn Relocalisation Network with the generous assistance and funding of Hepburn Shire Council.
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