Development and indigenous knowledge in Australia: an uneasy relationship

Byrnes, Jill (2006) Development and indigenous knowledge in Australia: an uneasy relationship. ISAA Review, 5 (1). pp. 26-31. ISSN 1444-0180


As a community/management development practitioner with many years experience working with Indigenous people in Australia, it has often occurred to me that the saying ‘two steps forward and one step back’ is very apt. This paper
considers the development of remote Indigenous communities in Australia and the concept of Indigenous Knowledge in relation to development, and briefly examines some of the issues of development and some of the opportunities
afforded by Indigenous Knowledge. It argues that Indigenous Knowledge is essential to a healthy development process, but that this is not acknowledged by most development agencies

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: ISAA - Independent Scholars Association of Australia. Author version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 10:42
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: aboriginals trackers; defence; land management; traditional owners; custodians; aboriginal arts; crafts
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage

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