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Fire Country

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How Indigenous Fire Management Could Save Australia

by Victor Steffensen
Publication Date: 18/02/2020
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Delving deep into the Australian landscape and its alarming state of devastation, Fire Country is a powerful account from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffensen on how the revival of Indigenous fire practices, including what’s called 'cool burns', could restore our country.

Fire Country offers practical solutions for better 'reading country’ and knowing when is the right time to undertake cool burns, considering current climate conditions and each landscape’s specific ecosystem. From the age of 18, Victor has spent time on country learning traditional cultural and ecological knowledge from Elders. Having been developed over many generations of his people living on the land, this knowledge shows clearly that Australia actually needs fire – with burning done in a controlled manner – for land care and healing.

Victor's writing is unassuming and honest, written in a manner that reflects the nature of yarning. And while much of the knowledge shared in his book is still unknown to western science, there is much evidence that, if adopted, it will benefit all Australians.

Foreword by Professor Marcia Langton.

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Victor Steffensen

Victor Steffensen is an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant applying traditional knowledge values in a contemporary context, through workshops and artistic projects. He is a descendant of the Tagalaka people through his mother’s connections from the Gulf Country of north Queensland.

Much of Victor's work over the past 27 years has been based on the arts and reviving traditional knowledge values – particularly traditional burning – through mentoring and leadership, as well as on-ground training with Aboriginal communities and many non-Indigenous Australians. He is also the co-founder of the National Indigenous Fire Workshops, which have so far been hosted in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Victor has also connected with First Nations communities in North America and the Sámi people of Scandinavia, sharing cultural knowledge practices related to caring for country. Victor is regularly interviewed by media regarding Indigenous fire management, including on The Drum, ABC News, Insight and for The Saturday Paper and Dumbo Feather magazine.

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Fire Country is an honest and eye opening account of the importance of traditional fire management techniques. Victor Steffensen gives a detailed and, at times, pointed appraisal of the reasons for the state of our beautiful country and the cause of the rampant wild fires that have devastated Australia in the past few decades. A very inspiring read and one we need to Ben taking more notice of and getting past the belief that we know best, considering Indigenous Australians cared for the country for tenant of thousands of years and European settlers have destroyed much of it in a few hundred then we have much to learn. A great book for senior students to study and shouldn’t Ben compulsory for all politicians! Enjoy.

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This is a great book to get acquainted with indigenous wisdom and it’s application to our ‘modern’ world. Front to back full of ‘ancestor mind’, this book helps all of us connect back to oral traditions that have sustained this continent for millennia.

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