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Aboriginal presenters share their knowledge of the six seasons and traditional Nyoongar life.

Students are engaged in a variety of cultural activities traditionally associated with each season, such as plant uses, hunting, language, art, dance and traditional games.  

Bunuru: 17 - 19 March 2020
The second summer. This is the hottest and driest time of the year, when Nyoongar people would have traditionally lived close to the wardandi (ocean) and by waterways. Bunuru is the season for fishing and living off the plentiful sea and freshwater resources. The Nyoongar Boodja Six Seasons Bunuru event will educate students on traditional fishing techniques, bush tucker and cultural dance through fun and interactive workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters.

Djeran: 12 - 14 May 2020
The first rains. As temperatures begin to cool, Nyoongar people would move away from coastal shores and set up camp further inland. Mia-mia’s (shelters) are built in preparation for the first rains and bush tucker is in abundance in the form of nuts, seeds and bulbs. The weitj (emus) are also at their fattest and are hunted for their meat and medicinal fat. The Nyoongar Boodja Six Seasons Djeran event will educate students on bush medicines, traditional art and cultural dance through fun and interactive workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters.

Makuru: 30 June - 2 July 2020
The cold and rainy season. During the wet season, Nyoongar people would be living inland in the Kaarta Moornda (Darling Range). Warm and protective shelters and booka (cloaks) were important in this cold season, and the karla (fire) would be burning throughout camps. Nyoongar people would be eating kangaroo along with bush carrots and wild potatoes. The Nyoongar Boodja Six Seasons Makaru event will educate students on traditional fire, tool-making and cultural dance through fun and interactive workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters. 

Djilba: 15 - 17 September 2020
The transitional season. The rains are becoming less frequent and the weather is starting to warm up. Nyoongar people would be slowly moving away from the hills and towards the waterways, where booyi (tortoises), waterbirds' nooruck (eggs), berries and root vegetables are the main sources of food. The Nyoongar Boodja Six Seasons Djilba event will educate students on traditional uses of the land, bush games and cultural dance through fun and interactive workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters. 

Kambarang: 20 - 22 October 2020
The wildflower season. The landscape is bright and colourful during this time of the year, as native wildflowers bloom throughout the bush. Nyoongar people are living by the freshwater lakes and bilya (rivers) that supplied an abundance of food sources such as gilgie (crayfish) and kooyar (frogs). Snakes and goannas are hunted, and quandong fruits and berries are ripe and ready to pick. The Nyoongar Boodja Six Seasons Kambarang event will educate students on bush tucker, bush medicines and cultural dance through fun and interactive workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters. 

Birok: 1 - 3 December 2020
The first summer. The bibool (paperbark) and moodgar (WA Christmas tree) are in full bloom to indicate the arrival of the first summer. Nyoongar people have moved back towards the coastline and are living off the seasonally fat crabs, crayfish, mullet and bream. Traditional burnings would also take place at this time of the year, as both a hunting technique and for land management. The Nyoongar Boodja Six Seasons Birok event will educate students on traditional uses of the wetlands, cultural burning and cultural dance through fun and interactive workshops, led by Aboriginal presenters. 

You may also be interested in a Nyoongar glossary for local Aboriginal words that are used within this website.

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'Enhanced - NAIDOC Week and our HASS (History) learning. Really enjoyed tool making. Drawing was great.' - Year 3 Teacher

'Hands on activities - fishing, face-painting, hunting practice with honky nuts. Teachers were very knowledgeable.' – Year 3 Teacher

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Tags: Year level: Pre-primary,1,2,3,4,5,6
Stream: Cultural Heritage
WA Curriculum links: English,Humanities and Social Sciences,Science,The Arts
Program type: School event
Maximum duration: All day

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