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3 weeks ago

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Yurok tribal member Elizabeth Azzuz of the Cultural Fire Management Council opens an indigenous cultural burn training by lighting a ceremonial fire with a wormwood bundle.⁠
Welcome to #IndigenousFire. Catastrophic wildfires like the one that burned the California city of Paradise have drawn attention to America’s 100-year policy of suppressing fire. Fire is a terrible, uncontrollable enemy. Right?⁠

Not necessarily. The Native communities across California have been practicing traditional, controlled forest burning techniques for 13,000 years. Many of the California landscapes that look like pristine wilderness to the non-Indigenous have long been human-modified ecosystems. Dr. Frank Lake, a Yurok descendant, says, “Fire is the central tool in the cultural toolkit. Humans can use fire, so stewardship of the land becomes our responsibility.” #wildfire #california #goodfire #indigenous

Check out the entire photo essay on @WIRED online, through the link in my bio.
  • @deserei

    @vparga · 1 week ago

  • @carolynmblack

    @andr3us check it out!! · 3 weeks ago

  • @josiebug84

    @circle_up_grandad the info in the caption reminds me of what we learned in the California Indians course · 3 weeks ago

  • @tiana.last

    @officialmaverick_p.i · 3 weeks ago

  • @rjc28x

    💜 · 3 weeks ago

  • @myhousestories

    So grateful to learn from this series! 🙏🏼 · 3 weeks ago

  • @marinstf

    Great work, on a subject worth sharing and bringing attention to. Read a story about controlled fires and their importance in the New Yorker. The article mentioned that it’s something Native communities had been doing for hundred of years; it’s nice getting more information on it through your work! · 3 weeks ago

  • @hannahwins

    This series of photos has been educational and awesome. Thank you! · 3 weeks ago

  • @marissaleshnovphoto

    Incredible. I learned something today! · 3 weeks ago

  • @ladygante

    wooww powerful · 3 weeks ago

  • @lenamof83

    This is awesome! Thank you for bringing attention to it! · 3 weeks ago

  • @lange_lly

    Bello · 3 weeks ago

  • @caffidraws

    I go to college on Wiott land! Right next to the Yuroks. I’m exited to see you post about this · 3 weeks ago

  • @3and13

    This is so cool! ✊🏽🔥 · 3 weeks ago

  • @throwinshadows

    great story · 3 weeks ago