Solid Science: Seasons

We all know the names of the seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring. But did you know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures had different seasons each designed around local weather conditions?

Aboriginal peoples did not refer to a written calendar to work out the season. They were guided by the environment – the wind, the rain and the sky – to tell them when seasons were changing.

Each of the season represents and explains the seasonal changes seen 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.

This seasonal change is extremely important to Aboriginal peoples, 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.

These seasons can be long or short and are indicated by what is happening and changing around us rather than by dates on a calendar.

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