Image: Jam Graham-Blair, a proud trawlwoolway pakana at the 2019 Landcare Conference. Photo by Natasha Mulhall
Landcare Tasmania pays deep respect to the palawa/pakana of lutruwita/Tasmania who have cared for this land for more than 2,000 generations and continue to do so. We celebrate and honour the original inhabitants of lutruwita past, present and future.
We pro-actively ensure that all projects funded through Landcare Tasmania are checked against the Aboriginal Heritage Register.
Image: The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre map of palawa kani place names
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre have a number of resources and programs on their website ranging from:
You can also check out their interactive map of place names in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
Do you know if the Landcare Work you are planning could impact on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage?
Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania gives free advice to landowners, land managers and developers. They also have an excellent Aboriginal Heritage Awareness online training module which we encourage everyone to utilise.
You can also find out about the diverse Aboriginal cultural landscape which comprises the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Image: Nita Education at 2019 Landcare Conference. Photo by Natasha Mulhall
- The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975 outlines provisions for the preservation of Aboriginal relics. The act includes substantial penalties for harming Aboriginal heritage.
- The Aboriginal Heritage Council is an independent body who advises the Tasmanian Government, land managers and owners on the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in Tasmania.
- Records on Tasmanian Aboriginal people can be accessed through Tas Libraries.
The Cultural Burning in Southern Australia booklet and six accompanying posters bring together and uniquely present six diverse personal cultural burning experiences from across southern Australia. These experiences both diverge and align as Aboriginal peoples’ paths, perspectives and priorities have always diverged and aligned.
The South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) began a collaboration with Landcare Tasmania in 2021 to start a series of cultural burning workshops for Landcarers, led by Jason Andrew Smith, palawa man, a cultural burning educator and fire practitioner. Jason worked on the above project to create this poster (right). Read our 2023 blog post recapping our On Country with SETAC excursion learning cultural land management practices.
Landcare Tasmania members, the Glenorchy Reconciliation Group (GRG) bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to build understanding and respect for cultural heritage. They have been caring for makalina rruni, Frying Pan Island on Berriedale Bay, for a number of years.
Image: Nita Education
Nita Education provides Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural experiences including Excursions, Welcome to Country, Bush Tucker Tours, Cultural Awareness Training and more to schools and business across Tasmania, inspiring connection to a 50,000+ year old culture.
Pakana services is a non-profit social enterprise that reinvests all profits back into the company to further develop the working skills of Aboriginal Tasmanians. Pakana services use a number of modern land management methods while sharing knowledge of Aboriginal culture and techniques with the wider community.
- The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (Bill Gammage, 2012)
- Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia (Victor Steffensen, 2020)
- How Indigenous fire management practices could protect bushland - Youtube Video
- Watch this video to see what the SETAC Land management team have been working on in southern lutruwita.
Need more resources or assistance regarding Landcare and Aboriginal cultural heritage? Get in touch.