Abstract: In this chapter we describe our approach to medicinal plant research (incorporating both indigenous and Western scientific perspectives) and some of the issues around this field of research. We include the perspectives of particular Kuuku I’yu families living on homelands through the traditional owner and chair of the Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation and scientists in ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology. We envisage that culturally appropriate development of medicinal plant products will contribute to improved opportunities for Kuuku I’yu people to live and work on homelands. The chapters in this volume were first presented at the conference ‘Intellectual Property, Trade and the Knowledge Assets of Indigenous Peoples: The Developmental Frontier’ in December 2010. Traditional knowledge systems are also innovation systems. This book analyses the relationship between intellectual property and indigenous innovation. The contributors come from different disciplinary backgrounds including law, ethnobotany and science. Drawing on examples from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, each of the contributors explores the possibilities and limits of intellectual property when it comes to supporting innovation by indigenous people.
David J. Claudie, Susan J. Semple, Nicholas M. Smith, Bradley S. Simpson, 2012, Ancient but New: Developing Locally Driven Enterprises Based on Traditional Medicines in Kuuku I’yu Northern Kaanju Homelands, Cape York, Queensland, Australia, Book Section, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3495.