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Main Title: Fire country : how indigenous fire management could help save Australia / Victor Steffensen. Book Cover
Author: Steffensen, Victor, author.
Imprint: Richmond, VIC : Hardie Grant Books, 2020.
Collation: ix, 221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits, paperback ; 24 cm.
Subject: Fire management
First Nations Australians
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Nominations
First Nations Australians - - Land and landscape
First Nations Australians - Culture
First Nations Australians - - Politics and Australian culture
ISBN: 9781741177268 174117726X
Delving deep into the Australian landscape and the environmental challenges we face, Fire Country is a powerful account from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffensen on how the revival of cultural burning practices, and improved 'reading' of country, could help to restore our land.
From a young age, Victor has had a passion for traditional cultural and ecological knowledge. This was further developed after meeting two Elders, who were to become his mentors and teach him the importance of cultural burning. Developed over many generations, this knowledge shows clearly that Australia actually needs fire. Moreover, fire is an important part of a wholistic approach to the environment, and when burning is done in a carefully considered manner, this ensures proper land care and healing.

Victor's story is unassuming and honest, while demonstrating the incredibly sophisticated and complex cultural knowledge that has been passed down to him, which he wants to share with others. Fire Country is written in a way that reflects the nature of yarning, and while some of the knowledge shared in this book may not align with Western views, there is much evidence that, if adopted, it could greatly benefit all Australians.

Victorian Premier's Literary Award Shortlist 2021
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 LAL STE Available