Six Seasons

Larry Blight, a local Menang man, talks to students of Flinders Park Primary about Menang culture. Larry demonstrates tool making in the Bush Tucker section of the Six Seasons Gardens. He sits in the shelter – koornt and makes an axe - kotj by using fire – kaarla to heat and mould ground resin - miyan , charcoal - kob and kangaroo - yonga scat around a stick. He then adds sharp granite - boya and glass.

The Six Seasons Garden at Flinders Park Primary provides 6 outdoor classroom settings. Teachers and guest speakers can demonstrate topics relating to the Menang people of the Kinjaarling. Students learn about caring for Country and experience an oral tradition, learning by means of concrete, hands on activities. This approach provides a local and meaningful framework upon which to build understanding to themes and subjects covered in the regular classroom. Students gain understandings about interdependence and sustainability and their part in it; this way of experiential learning crosses boundaries and enables deep connection and understanding.

In this resource language is in italics (note some regional dialects may not be absolutely correct in this translation). Reference http://www.noongarculture.org.au

 

December, January. When the days are long and the streams are dry.

February,March. When the wind slows and the days are warm and dry.

April, May, When rain returns, the days grow shorter and the nights begin to chill

June, July. When the rain is stronger and the streams flow.

August, September. When the rivers are strong and the storms blow in.

October, November. When the days grow longer and the streams run clear.