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Climate Change Adaptation

Crocodile Islands

Circa 1930

Exploring links between language, local knowledge and livelihoods on the sea country of the Yan-nhangu people

The remote Crocodile Islands of the Arafura Sea Northeast Arnhem Land

‘language reveals the footsteps of the ancestors’; bestowing a ‘direct contact with ancestral powers’ (Keen 1978: 183).

napuluma gurrku bulthana rratha djiniku !

Yan-nhangu people want to capture and promote language of place, and experience of country, through practical projects: - 1.Crocodile Islands Ranger program. - 2. Language and Dictionary program - 3. Turtle Conservation program.

napuluma gurrku bulthana rratha djiniku

Inter-generational transmission of local knowledge for livelihoods on the Yan-nhangu estate

Turtle research

Ranger program

Language programs

• Baseline data collection • I Tracker training • Turtle conservation zone • Scientific eco tourism

• Cane toad eradication • Coastal surveillance • Intergenerational transmission of Yan-nhangu marine IEK • Cultural site management

• Dictionary • Language nests • Encyclopedia of marine ethno linguistic documentation • Secondary age language and cultural immersion camps

Clusters of Resource types

Foundations of climate change adaptation Empowering local people is key to climate change adaptation, on their outstations using their own knowledge, technologies, governance styles. Local people are essential to understanding regional climate impacts. Empowered, respected, paid.

napuluma gurrku bulthana rratha djiniku !


Presentation by Bentley James at 2011 Northern Territory Climate Change Symposium