Farmers Or Hunter-gatherers?

Peter Sutton In Conversation With Don Watson

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

Understanding of Aboriginal society, prior to British invasion, was transformed by Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu. Don Watson talks with social anthropologist and linguist Peter Sutton on his alternative view of pre-colonial Australia.



Peter Sutton is an author, anthropologist and linguist who has lived and worked with Australian Aboriginal people since 1969. He is a specialist in Aboriginal land tenure, languages and material culture and has acted in 87 land claim legal cases. He has written or edited 20 books. His most recent is Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers.



Over the past 40 years, Don Watson’s essays and reviews on politics, history and culture have appeared in most major Australian journals and newspapers. He is the author of acclaimed bestsellers Recollections of a Bleeding Heart and The Bush, and the Quarterly Essay, Enemy Within on the 2016 US presidential election. He has twice won The Age Book of the Year and has also received a Walkley Award, the NSW Premier’s Award and the Phillip Hodgins Medal for Australian Literature. His latest book is Watsonia.