Fire money: how Indigenous land management is transforming Arnhem Land

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Strategic burning combines modern technology with traditional Aboriginal knowledge – and generates income through carbon credits

The rains have finished in Arnhem Land. The humid, tropical air is cooling and the prevailing wind has swung to the north-east.

In the Kunwinjku calendar of western Arnhem Land, it is almost Yekke, the transition from the wet to dry season, a pleasant time after months of torrential rain in a good year, or overwhelming heat in a bad year. All six Kunwinjku seasons have their highlights but Yekke is perhaps the most anticipated by Bininj (Aboriginal) people of the region.

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