The Abriculture Team is a gathering of intellectual minds with a shared vision and an understanding of the important role Tribal Ecologists play in modern ecology, sustainability and global food security. The Abriculture Team’s unique skillsets bring together tribal ecological knowledge (TEK) and western science in a culturally sensitive way. The Abriculture team identifies projects and organisations where tribal knowledge would benefit both land and people. Co-operatively our team share their knowledge, experience and education to unite contrasting cultural pathways and customs into a holistic land management model.
Gudju Gudju and Jenny Lynch initially developed the concept of Abriculture 19 years ago when they met at a Rainforest Conservation Conference held in Cairns in 2000. They both share the belief that the Tribal Nations of the Australian continent are capable of managing their own lands and sea sustainably. They had the vision of a connected cultural and ecological landscape which cared for its inhabitants both plant and animal. Where the health of its people was managed with the resources of its lands. Where food was plentiful and children were connected.
Gudju Gudju (Abriculture Director)
Gudju Gudju has been learning the traditional ways of his people from the day he could walk. His Mother taught him the Kunghanji ways and his Father and Grandparents taught him the ways of the Yidinji people. They told him the stories, which connected the plants to the wildlife and the wildlife to the land. These are the traditional ways of learning and teaching, these ways are not taught in any conventional school.
The native plants, animals and local ecosystem are a part of his whole life. His experiences and knowledge comes from these teachings. His traditional bush food and medicinal plant identification, tools making skills, understanding of the native wildlife activities and their vital job in managing, cleaning and revegetate the rainforest all come from this indigenous educational system. The system itself, the roles and responsibility of the many rainforest species, the trees and wildlife, keep the rainforest alive and vibrant for the next generation, his children.
Jenny Lynch (Abriculture Development Officer)
Jenny Lynch was born in Ireland, educated and trained in the UK and now has 25 years experience in ecology, natural resource management and community engagement in various international settings.
With a Bacholar of Science degree in Environmental Biology, a National Vocational Qualification in Environmental Conservation and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Water Management she has sound foundations in environmental management however her true passon is with community development and participation in ecology and land management.
TRIBAL ECOLOGIST NETWORK
Tribal ecologists have honoured the tribal education system of verbal transfer from generation to generation through indigenous society. This occupation takes commitment and skill. Managing the knowledge and keeping it fresh while living in today’s modern society can be challenging and demanding. The responsibility of protecting the knowledge is a great community honour entrusted in a select few and these individuals should be given recognition for the community service they provide, for without them the knowledge would be lost.
The Tribal Ecologist Network is a platform where individuals knowledgeable in tribal ways and customs can come together and decide on a coordinated management of connected cultural landscapes and united approach to intellectual property protection. We organise meetings, forums and workshops to bring the group together. We focus not on where people come from but what we have learned along the way.
If you would be interested in being apart of the Tribal Ecologist Network please contact us through our members page.