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Smokey the Bear Was Wrong: First Nation Fire Wisdom is Key to Megafire Prevention (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Old_Ponter @, 3000 miles north of north pole, Sunday, July 16, 2017, 01:03


Once again the aboriginal peoples knowledge of survival in the land bears out. Like in the old days, the Arctic explorers were too arrogant to learn from the Eskimos (Inuit people) and many died from the frigid cold and disease. More recently, people have also been too arrogant to learn from the aboriginals and many have died in mega forest fires over the years since Smokey the Bear was recruited. Smokey was wrong. The best way to avoid a mega fire such as is occurring in the British Columbia province of Canada is by being pro-active and not reactive. The aboriginals peoples were pro-active, today's society is reactive....

The grandchildren of Annie Kruger remember her lighting an Export A Green cigarette, throwing on her logger's jacket and heading out to set fires near Penticton, B.C.

Before she died she was a firekeeper — as were generations before her in the Okanagan region of the province — and it was her job to use flames to purify the land by setting fire to berry bushes, hillsides and even mountains to renew growth and clear brush and create natural fireguards.

"Our family have been firekeepers for thousands of years," said Pierre Kruger, Annie's son.

Kruger cited several big fires he said his family started hundreds of years ago when lines of Kou-Skelowh people walked beating drums to warn wildlife before setting fire to what's now called Sylix territory.

"We warned the birds and four-leggeds," he said. "My mother taught us every fire is like a snowflake — no two are alike

Annie Kruger firekeeper


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