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Sunday Session 3 — August 8th, Bond Store Basement @ TMAG

Aboriginal Fire as Ecosystem and Cultural Restoration: a talk and performance

6:00pm | 08/08

Hear directly from Tasmanian Aboriginal fire practitioners about the importance of reviving Aboriginal cultural burning. A panel discussion chaired by Nunami Sculthorpe-Green with Andry Sculthorpe, Baden Maynard, and Fiona Maher, in collaboration with harpist Emily Sanzaro and projection artist Cary Littleford.

Meet the panelists

Andry Sculthorpe

Land and Heritage, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Andry Sculthorpe is a pakana man who works for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s milaythinna pakana land management program, and is a director for the Fire sticks alliance Aboriginal corporation. Andry has worked on and off for over 15 years in coordination and delivery of land management projects on returned Aboriginal Lands and in the delivery of Aboriginal heritage training to the Aboriginal community. Andry has also been extensively involved in Aboriginal Heritage management in Tasmania within the Aboriginal community and the state government, as well as a regional coordinator for the local NRM body.

Nunami Sculthorpe-Green

Nunami Sculthorpe-Green is a proud palawa and Warlpiri woman who has represented her community at the state, national and international level and is passionate about raising awareness of Aboriginal history and social justice issues.

Nunami holds a BA in history and legal studies from the University of Tasmania and has a professional background in community development and public education focusing on aboriginal culture, history and activism.

She has presented at a range of events and facilitated Aboriginal programming for all ages.  Nunami is passionate about Aboriginal heritage protection and land ownership and undertook cultural fire management training in 2015.

As an artist Nunami has created developed the first Aboriginal tour of nipaluna, originally presented as part of Ten Days on the Island in 2021. She is the Tasmania performs indigenous mentor for 2021.

Baden Maynard

Baden Maynard is a young Tasmanian Aboriginal man and pakana trainee with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre working on fire projects around Tasmania.

Fiona Maher

truwana Rangers

Fiona Maher is a proud pakana woman living on truwana/Cape Barren Island. Fiona co-ordinates the truwana Rangers on the island. The truwana Rangers have re-introduced cultural burning back into the landscape to retain and bring back healthy country and continue their people’s cultural practices.

Cultural fire gives our people the opportunity to reconnect to country and culture, manage the cultural and natural values as well as protecting important places from wildfire. 

Kulai Sculthorpe

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Kulai Sculthorpe is a pakana trainee with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, and has been undertaking training in cultural burning and land management.


Emily Sanzaro

Emily is a harpist, vocalist, violinist and loop artist based in Launceston, Tasmania.  She is also a registered Occupational Therapist and therapeutic musician.  Emily took an unusual path in becoming a professional musician; after classical training in violin from a young age, she started learning the harp in her late twenties as a hobby whilst working as a health professional.  With a combination of hard work and opportunity Emily organically found herself firmly ensconced in a new career.

Emily plays a wide range of musical genres on the harp including classical, folk, jazz & blues.  She specialises in creating contemporary arrangements, original compositions, improvisations and experimentation with percussion, electronic effects and looping.  Emily relishes any opportunity to depart from the type of music audiences expect to hear from a harp.  With the use of her loopstation, Emily is able to combine harp, vocals, violin, effects and percussion into her solo performance creating a complex, multi-layered sound.  She is also able to present the harp as a solo acoustic instrument for a traditional sound when the occasion requires it.

Cary Littleford

Cary Littleford emerged artistically as live video performer VJ Smucklepod in the
Tasmanian rural underground in 2010. Since then he has gone on to do live VJ
performances, recycled interactive installations and small to large-scale projection
mapping displays at various events including Unwind, Falls Festivals, Fractangular
Festivals, FRESH, FauxMO, DARK MOFO, Devil In The Streets, Day of the Dead,
Momentum, NewKind, Sanctum, Jazz events, 2018 Remembrance Day projection
project, TMAG Beaker St events etc, Community exhibitions, countless pub gigs and
many others. Now turning to experimenting with connecting communities through live
projection mapping in inspiring organic spaces and the quirky world of digital
light-field photography.

Doors open at 6:00pm, session begins at 6:30pm.
This is a 90-minute session.

COVID-19 Entry Conditions
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For visitors to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)
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Aboriginal Fire as Ecosystem and Cultural Restoration is presented at Beaker Street Festival in partnership with