Recognising the value of Traditional Knowledge


Kelly, Dana. 2022. "Recognising the value of Traditional Knowledge." Journal of Rangeland Science. 12 (3), pp. 322-325.
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Recognising the value of Traditional Knowledge

Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKelly, Dana
Journal TitleJournal of Rangeland Science
Journal Citation12 (3), pp. 322-325
Number of Pages4
PublisherUniversity of Barcelona
Place of PublicationBarcelona
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When I visited your beautiful country of Iran in 2018, one highlight for me was meeting two of your scholars who were both involved in CENESTA – the late Ghanimat Azhdari and her mentor, the late Taghi Farvar. Taghi had a remarkable & powerful presence. He influenced many around the world, including many of you who are here today. Ghanimat proudly described herself as the daughter of a pastoralist from southern Iran, something we shared as I too am the daughter of a pastoralist. They approached the world with a holistic lens, cognisant of the importance of socio-economic issues. They were both strong advocates for the collective rights of mobile Indigenous peoples. Their passion for Indigenous people’s knowledge and wisdom inspired the theme I wish to highlight today. The value of Indigenous or Traditional knowledge and Traditional Governance systems is starting to be recognised around the world. Today I will highlight a few projects in Australia, that indicate that how this is occurring in my country. The widespread and catastrophic fires of 2000-2019 in Australia, heightened our awareness of the value of the cultural burning practices of Aboriginal peoples. The 2000-2019 fires burnt over 77,000 square miles, which is about the area of Syria; 33 people died and approximately 1 billion animals. The need for different responses to fire was widely discussed.

KeywordsIndigenous peoples; Value ; Traditional knowledge
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
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