Black Seed Dreaming: A Material Analysis of Bruce Pascoe's "Dark Emu"

Glowczewski-Barker, Barbara, and Lundberg, Anita (2022) Black Seed Dreaming: A Material Analysis of Bruce Pascoe's "Dark Emu". Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 21 (2). pp. 77-94.

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Indigenous Australians are outstanding for the way their ontologies and practices do not rely on a Western dichotomy that opposes material and spiritual realms. Their multiple totemic visions of the Dreaming space-time always state a material actualisation in landscape and the reproduction of all forms of life based on the pluriversal agency of animals, plants, minerals, rain, wind, fire and stars. Such cosmovisions resonate with current debates in the fields of critical posthumanism and new materialism through an Animist materialism. Indeed, Indigenous Australian’s complex social practices offer ways of thinking and being for the whole planet in this time of climate crisis. This is particularly crucial for the tropical world which is so strongly impacted by climate change. Indigenous Australian cosmovisions offer to tropical studies a way of thinking politically about climate and the materiality of life. Thus, Tropical Materialisms are enhanced by the vast body of Indigenous experiences and creative productions in and beyond the tropics. The material analysis of the Aboriginal author Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, demonstrates how the book dared to challenge the Western written history, and to show a new relationality of being of humans with the more-than-human world.

Item ID: 77093
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: Indigenous cosmology, cosmovisions, Dreaming, Aboriginal Australia, Animist materialism, Tropical Materialisms
Copyright Information: Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 free to download, save and reproduce.
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 00:26
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210402 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to land and environment @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 25%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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