The great controversy at the moment, well covered by Andrew Bolt, relates to the truth or fanciful delusion of Dark Emu – a book by an Indigenous historian which completely recasts everything we thought we knew about Indigenous Australians.

In lieu of relitigating Bolt’s case, watch the video below.

There are a few important questions:

  1. Why was every other historian silent when Pascoe’s case seems, well, weak? If not made up?
  2. But more importantly, why do we patronise indigenous Australians so much? Here’s the latest example from the Fairfax papers:

A radio telescope in Western Australia’s outback has discovered remnants of a supernova explosion which could have been seen by Indigenous people across Australia thousands of years ago.

Sure. Could have been. Maybe. But how would we ever know? Or are they just searching for a tenuous link to make Indigenous Australians feel better about themselves?


Wait. They found something:

One of the newly discovered supernova remnants is believed to have belonged to a star that died 9000 years ago, meaning the bright explosion could have been visible to Indigenous people in Australia at the time.

Dr Hurley-Walker said she found the young star near the dark constellation that Indigenous Australians called the ‘Emu in the Sky’.

“The constellation is actually dust lying between us and the centre of the galaxy and it traces out into this beautiful dark figure of an elongated emu,” she said.

There are too many facepalms.

You could also take the night sky and draw a  Plymouth Belvedere. Probably.

It gets worse:

Dr Hurley-Walker said she would be working with Indigenous astronomy expert Associate Professor Duane Hamacher to find any possible links with Aboriginal traditions and stories.

“We’re looking through records and at some point we might be able to do some on-the-ground research and talk to Indigenous elders to see if such a story would have survived,” she said.

Let that sink in for a minute.

They are about to ask modern Indigenous people about a planetary event 9000 years ago.

Bet everything you’ve got that they surely do remember. Even though it would mean that:

  1. The event was witnessed.
  2. The event was described.
  3. It was deemed important enough to tell successive generations. How many generations? At least 300 generations (assuming a generation is 30 years).

The question is, why do white Australians feel the need to patronise Indigenous Australians?

It’s a joke. Take this from a profile in The Australian:

“Aboriginal people, who invented government 120,000 years ago, decided that the worst thing they could do in a society was fight for land,” he asserts with typical brio. “[They] decided everybody would have a house, everybody would have enough to eat, everybody would take part in the culture.” We’re facing a pivotal moment of history, he tells the crowd. “We’ll think of this era of change in Australia and say: ‘This was the moment we changed our minds about our country; this is the moment that we became Australians’.”

Umm, how many years ago?


Who called this out? *Cue the crickets*

When Dark Emu is finally revealed to be the joke the evidence suggests it is, what will these clowns say?

FEATURE IMAGE: Photo by NASA on Unsplash.