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Indigenous knowledge

Indigenous knowledge has always been transmitted through a resilient system of storytelling. Stories have been passed down from one generation to the next –  most often in context while performing ceremony, travelling on or working on country. A feature of desert culture is the strong bond between grandparents (the storytellers) and grandchildren who are taught from an early age to listen and tell stories about country. These stories contain key axioms and clues (knowledge) that have enabled people to live together and manage this country for thousands of years.

The desert communities still include old people who grew up in a traditional lifestyle while others are reliant on repatriating information and stories from a wider group of researchers, missionaries, teachers or former community workers who spent time with old people coming out of the desert.

This project activity supports project partners with financial assistance for projects that encourage the intergenerational transfer of traditional knowledge, which is critical to integrating both traditional and contemporary land management practices and building environmental resilience.

It will also support activities that encourage old people and young people to get out on country together which will lead to a strong cultural identity and commitment to looking after country.

 

Indigenous knowledge news and resources

Nyangumarta Warrarn field visit report May 2019

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Building capacity Fire management Feral camels Buffel grass Carbon and co-benefits Tourism Indigenous knowledge
"In traditional times there were no borders like now – no states and territories; no native title borders and different groups drawing lines. This project removes those borders so that we can work together to keep country and people healthy. It is an ambitious project that we are keen to do." Nyaparu Rose, Nyangumarta Warrarn Elder
10 Deserts Project steering committee member
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