Traditional Knowledge Recording Project

Project Profile

Nominee Traditional Knowledge Recording Project
State Queensland
Award Ceremony 2010 National Landcare Awards
Category Indigenous Award

Issues

The ongoing loss of traditional knowledge is a constant threat to Indigenous culture. The Traditional Knowledge Recording Project has recognised and strengthened understanding of traditional knowledge and management practices, and its linkage to mainstream NRM from Elders in regional and urban Queensland.

Project Detail

The Traditional Knowledge Recording Project, covering the entire state of Queensland, has been nominated for a National Landcare Award for their contribution to natural resource management (NRM).

The ongoing loss of traditional knowledge is a constant threat to Indigenous culture and this project has recognised and strengthened understanding of traditional knowledge and management practices, and its linkage to mainstream NRM from Elders in regional and urban Queensland.

The project was a collaborative effort between Desert Channels Queensland (DCQ), Mackay Whitsunday NRM Group, South West NRM, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation.

The involvement of Indigenous Elders from each of the regions was crucial to the success of the project. This involved Elders recording, demonstrating, documenting and using their respective knowledge and skills to address key areas of concern for their community such as poor land and water management, degradation of rock art, rising salinity in waterways and poor land and fire techniques.

The project identified innovative approaches to the collection, storage and access to traditional knowledge and data on NRM. Seven case studies were also developed and 18 DVD’s  produced based around stories, ceremonies and the use of flora and fauna and other natural resources by Indigenous people for a variety of purposes including health, food, medicine, biodiversity protection and other cultural purposes. The case studies will form an education database which will help inform future generations.

The project has also allowed the various Elders to record their stories for future generations, adding considerable expertise and knowledge to NRM in Queensland whilst strengthening partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Data collected is now being shared with broader communities.

The Traditional Knowledge Recording Project is one of 88 finalists in the National Landcare Awards to be announced in Canberra on 24 June 2010. Commencing in 1991, the Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups that make a valuable contribution to the land and coast where they live and work.

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Traditional Knowledge Recording Project

Traditional Knowledge Recording Project