Topic: Cool Burning

For tens of thousands of years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have actively managed the savanna using fire. Their knowledge of the seasons and local conditions enable them to produce the most effective cool burns. These cool burns benefit both the environment and the traditional way of life. These resources allow students to explore the use of cool burns as a way to manage country and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the knowledge keepers of fire.  "What is wonderful about this curriculum is that it teaches the importance of Indigenous knowledge in land management which has existed throughout history and which continues today. This teaching tool will build students’ understanding of the cultural, spiritual, economical and environmental benefits that this knowledge brings to both the people and the landscape in which we all live.” - Michael Looker, The Nature Conservancy The photos below are from the book 'Fire and the Story of Burning Country'. To purchase a copy, visit



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