Fire country : how indigenous fire management could help save Australia / Victor Steffensen.

By: Steffensen, Victor [author.]
Publisher: Richmond, Victoria ; Hardie Grant Travel, 2020Copyright date: �2020Description: 1 online resource (ix, 221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: volume | online resourceISBN: 9781741177268; 9781743586839 (ebook)Other title: How indigenous fire management could help save AustraliaSubject(s): George, Tommy, 1928-2016 | Musgrave, George, 1920-2006 | Steffensen, Victor | Aboriginal Australians | Indigenous peoples | Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs | Wildfires -- Australia -- Prevention and control | Land use -- Australia | Fire management -- Australia | Indigenous peoples -- Australia | Aboriginal Australians -- Australia | Fire ecology -- AustraliaGenre/Form: Electronic books Additional physical formats: Print version: Fire country : how indigenous fire management could help save Australia.DDC classification: 363.379 LOC classification: SD421.34.A8 | .S744 2020Online Resources: Traditional Knowledge Collection Local URL: E-Resource
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this book may contain images and names of people who have died.

1. Finding the old people -- 2. Hiding in the mailbags -- 3. The fire -- 4. Starting the fire -- 5. The start of the season -- 6. Mixed-tree country -- 7. Storm burn country -- 8. No-fire country -- 9. Through the trees -- 10. The other side -- 11. The battle for acknowledgement -- 12. The obstacle of man -- 13. Science or oppression -- 14. The traditional knowledge recording project -- 15. Go ahead -- 16. Fire and the story -- 17. The indigenous fire workshop -- 18. For country and spirit -- 19. The 'praction' -- 20. The animals talking -- 21. What have they done to the country? -- 22. Healing people with country -- 23. Healing country -- 24. Living knowledge.

Delving deep into the Australian landscape and the environmental challenges we face, Fire Country is a powerful account from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffensen on how the revival of Indigenous fire practices, including improved 'reading' of country and undertaking 'cool burns', could help to restore our nation. Victor developed a passion for traditional cultural and ecological knowledge from a young age, but it was after leaving high school that Victor met two Elders who became his mentors, particularly to revive cultural burning. Developed over many generations, this knowledge shows clearly that Australia actually needs fire - with burning done in a controlled manner - for land care and healing. Victor's story is unassuming and honest, written in a way that reflects the nature of yarning. And while some of the knowledge shared in his book may be unclear to western world views, there is much evidence that, if adopted, it could benefit all Australians.

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