Date(s) - 17/08/2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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Launch of the Revised and Updated Bushfires and Bushtucker
ABORIGINAL PLANT USE IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
by Peter Latz
With special guests Arrernte Elders:
Veronica Dobson AM & MK Turner OAM
Peter Wallace & Sammy Cavenagh
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
RSVP: by 5pm Wednesday 15th August 2018 to (08) 8951 1311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Aboriginal experts gather for the first time to launch the new edition of Bushfires & Bushtucker: Aboriginal plant use in Central Australia
Aboriginal experts on native plants will come together for the first time to launch the new edition of Bushfires and Bushtucker: Aboriginal plant use in Central Australia on Friday the 17th of August from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Olive Pink Botanic Garden in Alice Springs. Published by IAD Press, it is the most complete survey of desert Aboriginal plant use.
Renowned and now Retired NT Botanist and Bushfires and Bushtucker author Peter Latz grew up in the Hermannsburg Aboriginal settlement of the 1940s, where he learned from “the very old people who have full knowledge of plants.” Latz says readers of this book should always “learn directly from the Aboriginal people who keep their plant knowledge alive.”
The Institute for Aboriginal Development will bring together author Peter Latz with senior Aboriginal plant experts Veronica Dobson, MK Turner, Peter Wallace and Sammy Cavenagh with their Aboriginal apprentices, and current NT Botanist Peter Jobson. IAD CEO Kerrie LeRossignol says, “As the oldest independent Aboriginal educational institute, we develop cross-cultural leaders who can help everyone sustain the necessary spiritual, cultural and kinship relations with this land.”
Veronica Dobson AM will present the network of relationships that connect plants with creation, laws, language, land and people, as in her IAD Press book, Anpernirrentye: Kin and Skin. She is a renowned ecologist and linguist who authored IAD books Arelhe-Kenhe Merrethene: Arrernte traditional healing, the Eastern and Central Arrernte to English Dictionary, and scientific reports.
MK Turner OAM will explain the lessons plants teach us, and why we must treat plants with respect. She is the author of the IAD books, Bush Foods: Arrernte foods from Central Australia; Iwenhe Tyerrtye: What it means to be an Aboriginal person, and Everything Comes from the Land.
Peter Wallace and Sammy Cavenagh are respected senior Central and Eastern Arrernte Men, traditional owners and caretakers for the estate that includes Alice Springs. They advise government and statutory bodies on all land use decisions. They also actively teach students, in schools and out bush.
Curator Ian Coleman says, “We care for plants using the latest technology right alongside the proven principles of traditional Aboriginal knowledge. The Garden works closely with Aboriginal people and Peter Latz in bringing these together in the Garden”.
Peter Jobson, Senior Botanist at the Northern Territory Herbarium in Alice Springs will tell how Bushfire and Bushtucker “stimulated scientific research on native plants, their medicinal compounds, and effective desert land management” since its first edition in 1995.
Institute for Aboriginal Development
Kerrie Le Rossignol, CEO mobile: 0429 403 347 email: email@example.com
This is the most comprehensive survey ever published of desert plant uses. Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Arrernte, Pintupi and many other Central Australian Aboriginal peoples have shared their knowledge with lifelong Centralian Peter Latz to produce this lively and accessible book.
A land of mulga and spinifex, sand dunes and salt lakes, Australia’s Centre is a place of Climatic and topographic extremes. In spite of this, the people who have lived here since the Dreamtime have done more than simply eke out an existence, they have lived a comfortable life rich in ceremony and culture. Bushfires and Bushtucker explains how the land’s first inhabitants have not been passive figures in the landscape but have actively worked and changed their environment, often by means of fire. The management of the country has allowed them to survive and prosper, to live through the worst droughts and reap the benefits of good times.