The world's oldest living culture
The first inhabitants of Australia's South West were the Aboriginal people, believed to have had a connection with the land for almost 50,000 years. Conservationists by nature, they were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers who followed a six season calendar, still used by Aboriginal people today. The six seasons - Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang - represent the seasonal changes we see across the South West annually.
"Each season has a plant indicator that flowers in advance of each change," says Koomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland. "Plants, animals and weather patterns coincide with each season, which runs for the duration of every second full moon. This determines where to forage, gather, hunt and camp."
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