Jigija Fire Training Program

Working to preserve Traditional Ecological Knowledge

by Terrence Taylor

Gangalidda and Garawa Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the system of understanding of our environment, built over generations as our people depended on the land and sea for their food, material and culture. Knowledge of fire is one aspect of TEK. Fire is an important part of our law and culture, part of the reciprocal relationship we have with the land and our responsibility to it. European visitors to the Gulf noted the use of fire by our ancestors as early as the 1840s. Fire was and is used to by us to promote biodiversity, for hunting, as a signal and to influence patterns of vegetation. The Jigija Program provides the cross-cultural means to organize and communicate TEK to enable its inclusion in contemporary fire management practice.

Working to preserve Traditional Ecological Knowledge