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Entanglements - Vanessa Cavanagh

Season 1, Ep. 2

Following the recent devastating bushfires in Australia, there has been a strong push from Indigenous groups to reignite cultural burning practices and take a more active role in hazard reduction burns. 

In European traditions it is often men seen at the bushfire front, fighting the fires. But in some Aboriginal nations, it is the women who are responsible for cultural burning and who knew how to manage the risks.

As part of her PhD, Vanessa Cavanagh from the University of Wollongong is trying to understand how Aboriginal women’s engagement in cultural burning in New South Wales can be promoted and supported.

This talk was presented as part of the Entanglements Lecture Series, sponsored by ACCESS and the Animal Studies Research Centre, UOW, and the Wollongong Art Gallery.

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