Opportunities to preserve and value Indigenous Traditional Knowledge
are endangered by the range of problems within our Environment and
Communities today. Avenues for the preservation of Traditional
Knowledge are fading and are at risk of being lost altogether. Loss of
Traditional knowledge will result in a decline of Indigenous Identity
and a severe reduction in the recognition and understanding of an
invaluable Sustainable Knowledge System. TKRP is working to strengthen
this knowledge, for the benefit of Community and Country, before we
loose our invaluable knowledge systems of Indigenous people.
A re-focus of Indigenous Knowledge is a multi-layered healing
aspiration of TKRP, which steers the direction of the project towards
traditional ways of dealings. The majority of Indigenous Elders in
Communities understand the problems with the Community and Environment
and bear the frustrations of not being able to re-apply traditional
The Elders have voiced many
concerns to government and industry relating to the lack of cooperative
management regimes, and the lack of recognition of their inherited
knowledge system as being of true value to contemporary outcomes.
There is no doubt that in
today?s society Elders need new tools and assistance to pass on their
traditional values to younger generations. To support this, there is
the need for collaborative recognition from other authorities currently
responsible for land and community management.
This project is based on
1. ensuring the survival of cultural knowledge; and
2. the opportunity to demonstrate practices that have the ability to ?innovate?
contemporary management and community outcomes for the benefit of all
generations to come.
TKRP seeks to support
Indigenous Elders to mentor the process of Indigenous Knowledge
Research and recording throughout Australia and with interests
Inter-nationally. The Initiative is rapidly disbursing its recording
and mentoring methodology into other regions. The project has a
demonstrated record of success, with a focused methodology, that has
been built over time from grass roots communinties.
The Project is achieving the following:
1. Transfer of Traditional Knowledge from the Elders to their young people based
on the traditional methods as determined by the Elders.
2. Digitally recording this Traditional Knowledge before it is lost forever.
3. Storing knowledge onto multi-versions of a digital knowledgebase.
4. Incorporating traditional knowledge in cooperative land management strategies
and building this practice into ?Best practice principles? in all land management.
5. Building and improving the profile of Indigenous Knowledge and its appreciation
with other land managers and users both nationally and internationally. (Eg,
pastoralists, government and the general public).
6. Creating practical action, research-driven, projects as live case studies to
better collaborative land and community management.
TKRP is continuing to develop
by assisting the Elders to conduct their own research on their own
terms. The Elders need vital assistance to pass on their knowledge and
most importantly, to practically implement their inherited cultural
responsibilities in a race against time to rehabilitate our communities