Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

MAN­JIMUP hosted ac­claimed Aus­tralian indige­nous writer Bruce Pas­coe last week.

More than 120 peo­ple from all around the re­gion at­tended the event.

Key themes from Pas­coe’s book Dark Emu were ex­plored by Pas­coe in con­ver­sa­tion with per­son­al­ity Jon Doust.

Dark Emu ar­gues for re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the “hunter-gath­erer” tag for pre-colo­nial Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralia.

Mr Pas­coe pro­vides ev­i­dence from the di­aries of early ex­plor­ers that sug­gests Abo­rig­i­nals had de­vel­oped sys­tems of gov­er­nance and sus­tain­able land care that were prac­tised peace­fully for thou­sands of years.

Mr Pas­coe also vis­ited Man­jimup Se­nior High School dur­ing his trip and said he was im­pressed with the level of in­ter­est from stu­dents and those who at­tended the talk.

“It was great to see so many peo­ple in­volved in the themes the book presents,” he said.

Balin­gup indige­nous artist San­dra Hill gave Wel­come to Coun­try.

Or­gan­iser and Stel­lar Vi­o­lets founder Lucinda Gi­blett said the event was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the Shire of Man­jimup Li­brary, the coun­cil’s Seed Pro­gram, the War­ren Catch­ments Coun­cil and Stel­lar Vi­o­lets vol­un­teers.

“The event brought peo­ple to­gether for a warm so­cial even­ing of en­thu­si­as­tic en­gage­ment and learn­ing new in­sights,” she said.

Mar­i­lyn Se­bire, of Pem­ber­ton, Fay Dun­stan, of Man­jimup and John Se­bire, of Pem­ber­ton.

Au­thor Bruce Pas­coe, San­dra Hill, of Balin­gup, Jon Doust, of Al­bany, and Stel­lar Vi­o­lets, founder Lucinda Gi­blett.

Polly Valen­tine and Jodie Miller, both of North­cliffe.

Leisa Hard­ing and Tony Judd, both of Nan­nup.

Lilly and Mur­ray John­son, of Peer­abeelup.

Vanessa Moss­man and Ben Thorn­ton, both of Man­jimup.

Paddy Pem­ber­ton and Jan Sil­lence, both of Din­gup.

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