Launched by Traditional
Owners of the Daintree rainforest on 20 December 2004 in Cairns, the
Yalanji Fire Management Book, as it is known, contains stunning images
of the Yalanji people of far north Queensland, their country and their
culture. Written in both Kuku-Yalanji language and English, the book
provides a rare glimpse into the depth of knowledge and the spiritual
connection behind fire management practices that have sustained the
values of the rainforest for millenia.
Led by Dr Rosemary Hill of the Australian Conservation Foundation, the
project is a culmination of ten years' research and was proudly partnered
by the Rainforest CRC, Cape York Land Council, Wujal Wujal Community
Council and Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku, with support from the Australian
Conservation Foundation, the Natural Heritage Trustr, James Cook University
and Little Ramsay Press.
In May 2005, this long-term collaborative project was honoured with
a prestigious Cooperative Research Centres Association Award for Excellence
and Innovation, one of only four such Awards presented each year. A
team of researchers and Traditional Owners attended the Award Dinner
in Melbourne, where they received the Award and took part in the gala
event alongside Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister for Education, Science
The June 2005 issue of Forest Matters, the Rainforest CRC's newsletter,
covered some history of the project and the Award Dinner.
Limited copies of the book are available for $29.95 and may be ordered
through Little Ramsay Press.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will be returned to Yalanji organisations
to support ongoing land management and cultural projects.
Download Award Nomination
Download June 2005 Forest