Caralee's PROJECT EARTH: Noongar Seasons

Welcome to Caralee's PROJECT EARTH, designed to empower students, parents and the broader community alike with simple ideas and insight into protecting our world through (1) Inspiration, (2) Education and (3) Action.


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. (Reference: http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/nyoongar/index.shtml)


(1) BE INSPIRED

Due to the tilt of the earth's axis, some parts of the world experience predominantly two climatic seasons.  In the Perth region, Traditional Owners (the Whadjuk Noongar people) recognised six.

(2) BE EDUCATED
DJERAN (April/May) is the Noongar Season of Adulthood and is recognised by cooler weather and dewy mornings.  Winds begin changing direction and traditional owners would need to adjust their shelters (mia mias) accordingly.  It is a time of red flowering gums and banksias relied upon by small mammals and birds seeking nectar.  Ants are highly active and often dig large mounds as they excavate their nests ready for oncoming rain. 

Have you seen any flying ants taking to the light winds?

(3) BE RESPONSIBLE
It is important in traditional culture to maintain balance and support the local biodiversity.  

Just like ants during the season of Djeran, we must be aware of how we treat the soil and land that we rely upon.

Avoid sending chemicals and plastics to landfill that take hundreds of years to break down into toxic waste and damaging microplastics.  Seek alternatives to help heal our country.

For more information, visit https://www.caraleecs.wa.edu.au/page/230/Recycling-for-Caralee

We hope you enjoy Djeran.

(Image: CCS/AJC Apr 2021)