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Fire, Forests, and Our Lands: An Indigenous Ecological Perspective


March 17, 2020

Cultural burning, Karuk nation members, northern California.

As climate change-related mass fires, such as the recent wildfires that engulfed Australia and California, illustrate, it is critical that communities learn to respect indigenous knowledge in fire ecology practice.

Fire, a primary element just as important to the natural cycle as water, has historically been vilified as a purely destructive force in Western science and society for its seemingly uncontrollable nature. This mischaracterization is similar to the early Western views of indigenous people, and it exposes a critical gap in Western understanding of fire ecology.


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