The Trees: Learning Tree Knowledge with Uncle Kuu by Victor Steffenson

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h240mm x w290mm
December 13, 2023
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About Take a walk with Uncle Kuu in The Trees, a picture book about caring for Country and respect for Indigenous knowledge.

Looking after the trees is important for keeping Country happy and healthy. First Nations People have cared for the trees on Country for thousands of years. In return, the trees look after the people and provide them with gifts of seeds, flowers, wood and more. This creates the balance between giving and taking from the land.

Featuring stunning artwork by Sandra Steffensen, The Trees is a powerful and timely story to help future generations manage our landscapes and ensure that they thrive. At the back of the book, you will find lyrics to a song written by author Victor Steffensen with the title, 'We are the Trees', and a QR code to watch the song's YouTube video.

This book is the follow-up to Victor Steffensen's Looking after Country with Fire, which explains Aboriginal burning practices for children.
The book introduces young children to our relationship with trees and their importance to humans, particularly within First Nations cultures. Uncle Kuu, an Elder, guides a group of children into the bush to teach them about our amazing reciprocal relationship with trees and how the crucial balance between give and take is achieved.

Angela Crocombe

Victor Steffensen


Victor Steffensen

Victor is an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant applying traditional knowledge in a contemporary context. He is a descendant of the Tagalaka clan from North Queensland. Much of Victor’s work has been based on the arts and reviving traditional knowledge values, particularly Aboriginal fire management, with Aboriginal communities and non-Indigenous Australians. He is the co-founder of the
Firesticks Alliance and the National Indigenous Fire Workshop, which involves a large community network across Australia and internationally. Victor holds an Honorary Doctor of Science and is the author of the ground breaking book, Fire Country.

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