One of the worlds longest continues culture of 50,000 years has some of the most interesting beliefs relating to country & enviroment. Lets face it this indigenous group relied on nature in one of the harshest & most extreem landscapes in the world.
In the southwest of Australia, the Nyoongar seasonal calendar includes six different seasons in a yearly cycle
These are Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents and explains the seasonal changes we see annually. The flowering of many different plants, the hibernation of reptiles and the moulting of swans are all helpful indicators that the seasons are changing.
The Nyoongar seasons can be long or short and are indicated by what is happening and changing around us rather than by dates on a calendar. Aligning Nyoongar seasons with Western calendar months can provide an overview of a typical year.
This six season calendar is extremely important to Nyoongar people, as it is a guide to what nature is doing at every stage of the year, as well as understanding respect for the land in relation to plant and animal fertility cycles and land and animal preservation.
South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council