Welcome to our second blog, acknowledging the change in season from Kambarang to the heat of Birak.
BIRAK – Season of the Young
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with hot weather, long days and beach vacations. It is the Noongar season of Birak, the season of the young. This is usually accompanied by the easing of rain, warm weather and afternoons that are cooled by sea breezes.
As that fire rating sign creeps up, it reminds us that Birak is traditionally the karl (fire) season for the Noongar people. This was the time of the year when the winds would blow from the east in the morning then change to west throughout the day. The Noongar people would use this to begin burning the land, for multiple reasons. This included fuel reduction, supporting the grazing pastures for animals such as the yonga (kangaroo), aiding seed germination or simply to help them move around the country more easily. The Noongar people would hunt mammals with gidjies (spears) and kylies (boomerangs), but during this time seafood would become more prevalent within their diets.
Baby frogs will be transforming into adulthood, reptiles start shedding their skins and fledglings will begin to leave their nests.
Yellow-orange flowers will start to bloom. The most prevalent being the moodjar (WA native Christmas tree), which will burst into fiery colour. This tree is far more than just a beautiful sight; it is of major cultural significance to the Noongar people.
For these holidays, enjoy the long, warm days, the beautiful flora and fauna, and lots of seafood feasts – because soon enough it’ll be 2024 and the fishing season of Bunuru!
The Aboriginal six-season calendar varies for different groups throughout the state and across Australia. It acts as an extremely important guide, outlining what nature is doing at every stage of the year. It guides how to live safely, sustainably, and respectfully in relation to the land, plant and animal cycles and the preservation of environmental ecosystems.
In our Primary School, we are accessing Wingaru Education. This is a specialist organisation developing education programmes and resources to support schools, teachers and organisations. They are Aboriginal-owned and operated, with a mission to assist in understanding the issues impacting our communities.
More information can be found at www.wingaru.com.au.
A Yarn from our Koorlangkas (children)
Hi, my name is Jaxson and this is my sister Emilee. I am 8 Years old, in Year 2 in Mrs Leber’s class. Emilee is 5 years old in Kindy in Mrs Garbin’s class.
We are Wongi mob. Our connection to country originates from Kalgoorlie. As a result of the stolen generation, there is a lot that is unknown; however, our Aunty has lots of information about our family that we are learning about.
We like being a part of our Wongi mob because our culture has been around for a long time and there is so much to learn, understand and share with the community.