Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre

    ETHNOBOTANY = PLANTS + PEOPLE + CULTURE

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    In 2009, Traditional Owners in North Queensland identified that an ethnobotany research and resource centre could support them in the conservation, management, use and communication of their Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre (TIEC) - the first Indigenous-driven ethnobotanical research centre in Australia - was established to meet that need.

    The TIEC was developed in partnership between the Australian Tropical Herbarium, Traditional Owners, the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA), CSIRO and The Cairns Institute.

    The video below shows Gerry Turpin, the first formally trained Indigenous ethnobotanist in Australia, on a fieldtrip in Central Queensland.

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