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Taking Fire: Understandings of Indigenous Burning and Environmental Politics in Australia and the United States, 1910-2015

Author(s): Daniel May
Year Published: 2016
Description:

Non-Indigenous understandings of ‘fire-stick farming’ have historically existed not as anthropological curiosities but as political incendiaries, as competing interest groups have attempted to publically appropriate or deny Indigenous burning in environmental debates and discourse. My PhD research investigates the political and cultural influence of these understandings of Indigenous fire-use in Australia. My work focusses on case studies that include royal commissions, public policy programmes, and national park land management schemes across South-Eastern, Northern, and South-Western Australia, along with the Western United States. In these case studies, understandings of Indigenous burning influence a number of policy areas, including prescribed burning for fuel reduction, livestock grazing in alpine areas, and fire management for carbon abatement. This article focusses on my South-Eastern case studies.

Citation: Daniel May. 2016. Taking Fire: Understandings of Indigenous Burning and Environmental Politics in Australia and the United States, 1910-2015. Australian Policy and History.
Topic(s): Fire & Traditional Knowledge
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 16968
Record updated: Mar 6, 2018