The National Indigenous Fire Workshop was held over three days in July at Arthur Boyd’s former property, Bundanon Trust, being Yuin land on the NSW south coast. It was an immensely informative, moving and culturally enriching experience to be educated about traditional and still relevant, but neglected, uses of fire by the traditional custodians of the land and their descendants.
The workshop was led by Mulong and the Firesticks Alliance, and supported by The Importance of Campfires and Design Collaboration and Country (University of Technology, Jumbunna and Firesticks). The vision is to bring Indigenous fire practices to the forefront of caring for our communities and environment.
“Australia’s First Peoples have a deep understanding of how to care for Country with the right fire. A good, nurturing, beautiful fire. A cool fire, burned at the right time, in a way that protects parent trees, seasonal plants, animals and the canopy.”