Explainer: the seasonal ‘calendars’ of Indigenous Australia

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Period3 Jan 2018

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  • TitleExplainer: the seasonal ‘calendars’ of Indigenous Australia
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionThe words of any language tell us a lot about the history of its speakers; who they’ve been in contact with, where and how they have lived. This is certainly true of the English calendar months. It is also seen in the number and nature of the seasons named by different Indigenous communities, from the tropical north of Australia to the chillier climates down south.

    With around 370 languages and many hundreds more dialects originally spoken in Australia, it is impossible to do justice to the wealth and variety of traditional systems of tracking time and seasons. But a recurrent theme is the interconnectedness of human activities and the cycle of changes in flora and fauna that attend the tilting of the earth’s axis.
    PersonsAlice Gaby, Tyson Yunkaporta