Daniel May

Associate student
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Daniel May

Daniel’s project is investigating the political and cultural influence of the understanding of Indigenous fire in settler societies, with a particular focus on 20th and 21st century Australia and the United States. Daniel is investigating how non-Indigenous understandings of Indigenous fire have not been confined to the academy as anthropological curiosities, but have historically been political incendiaries that competing interest groups have attempted to draw upon, appropriate or deny. In 2018, Daniel was awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship through the Australian National University and visited the United States to work alongside leading geographer and expert on Native American and Aboriginal Australian fire management practices, Prof Don Hankins at California State University. As part of the trip, Daniel took part in prescribed burns, researched historical fire management, and gathered information on how the cultural burning movement in the US compares to Australia. “I think there’s similarities in how non-Indigenous people in both countries have come to understand Indigenous burning,” Daniel says. “General community awareness in some populated states is growing massively in Australia.”

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This project is investigating the political and cultural influence of the understanding of Indigenous fire in settler societies, with a particular focus on 20th and 21st century Australia and the United States. It argues that non-Indigenous understandings of Indigenous fire have not been confined to the academy as anthropological curiosities, but have historically been political incendiaries that competing interest groups have attempted to draw upon, appropriate or deny.
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