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The retention, revival, and subjugation of Indigenous fire knowledge through agency fire fighting in eastern Australia and California

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Abstract


  • This article explores the potential impact of training and employment with wildfire

    management agencies on the retention of Indigenous fire knowledge. It focuses on

    the comparative knowledge and experiences of Indigenous Elders, cultural practitioners,

    and land stewards in connection with ‘‘modern’’ political constructs of fire

    in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia, and California in the United States

    of America. This article emphasises the close link between cross-cultural acceptance,

    integration of Indigenous and agency fire cultures, and the ways in which knowledge

    types are shared or withheld. While agency fire fighting provides an opportunity for

    Indigenous people to connect and care for country, it simultaneously allows for the

    breaking of traditional rules surrounding what knowledge is shared with whom in the

    context of Indigenous cultural burning. By highlighting how privilege intersects with

    ethnicity, class, gender and age, this article demonstrates how greater cross-cultural

    acceptance could aid ongoing debates on how to coexist with wildfire today.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Eriksen, C. & Hankins, D. L. (2014). The retention, revival, and subjugation of Indigenous fire knowledge through agency fire fighting in eastern Australia and California. Society and Natural Resources, 27 (12), 1288-1303.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84914688061

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2275&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1276

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Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 1288

End Page


  • 1303

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • This article explores the potential impact of training and employment with wildfire

    management agencies on the retention of Indigenous fire knowledge. It focuses on

    the comparative knowledge and experiences of Indigenous Elders, cultural practitioners,

    and land stewards in connection with ‘‘modern’’ political constructs of fire

    in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia, and California in the United States

    of America. This article emphasises the close link between cross-cultural acceptance,

    integration of Indigenous and agency fire cultures, and the ways in which knowledge

    types are shared or withheld. While agency fire fighting provides an opportunity for

    Indigenous people to connect and care for country, it simultaneously allows for the

    breaking of traditional rules surrounding what knowledge is shared with whom in the

    context of Indigenous cultural burning. By highlighting how privilege intersects with

    ethnicity, class, gender and age, this article demonstrates how greater cross-cultural

    acceptance could aid ongoing debates on how to coexist with wildfire today.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Eriksen, C. & Hankins, D. L. (2014). The retention, revival, and subjugation of Indigenous fire knowledge through agency fire fighting in eastern Australia and California. Society and Natural Resources, 27 (12), 1288-1303.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84914688061

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2275&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1276

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 1288

End Page


  • 1303

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United States