Territory Stories

Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission

Details:

Title

Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission

Other title

by Wendy Kirke

Creator

Kirke, Wendy

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

1981-08-01

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

Date:1981-08

Language

English

Subject

Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory; Administrative agencies -- Australia

Publisher name

Kirke, Wendy

Place of publication

Darwin

Format

1 volume (various paging) ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf.

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/247439

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/577206

Page content

5. WORKING WITH ABORIGINALS CONT. areas the buffalo has been so accepted as part of life that it has actually been given a place in Aboriginal ceremony. The point is also well made that where once the crocodile dance featured in many Top End communities the buffalo dance also has a place today. We are finding, then, that some of our exotic species have now become very much a part of the Aboriginal culture and the modern Aboriginal way of life. There are some leaders who are very aware and concerned about this dilemma. They have sought the help of Conservation Commission staff to see how best to handle the situation. Because so much land ~s traditionally owned in the Territory we are in a sense leaders in the concept of shared land management with Aboriginal owners. Perhaps one of the biggest lessons that we have learned, is that if we are going to help Aboriginal people on Aboriginal land, to manage and conserve the native wildlife and protect the natural resources, we must go about it in their way. We must look at the whole issue with their eyes. If we want these people to become really involved in our conservation programs we. have to understand their thoughts and feelings about the matter and be guided by their values and sense of purpose. Conserving our natural resources must mean as much to the land owners as the Commission. All too often we fall into the trap of assuming that different ways and different values from our own are


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