Historical use of fire by aboriginal peoples: 1963 article

In 1963, Omer C. Stewart, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, wrote an article about the use of fire by aboriginal peoples. This publication was not regarded with much importance when Stewart first presented it, but now his ideas are more respected within the fire community. Stewart focused on the value of learning about the ways indigenous peoples used fire as an ecological management tool. His article “Barriers to Understanding the Influence of Use of Fire by Aborigines on Vegetation” discusses the importance of taking time to learn from aboriginal people about their historical use of fire. In addition, Stewart addresses several reasons that historical information acquired from indigenous people is often disregarded in the realm of science. The reprint of Stewart’s 1963 article, along with an informative introduction, can be downloaded here: Omer Stewart’s Article (PDF) >

Stewart also wrote a book called Forgotten Fires, which was published posthumously. His book can be found using the following citation:

Stewart, O.C. 2002. Forgotten Fires: Native Americans and the Transient Wilderness. H. T. Lewis and M. K. Anderson, editors. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.