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Makuru Season

 

FIRST RAIN

FERTILITY SEASON

JUNE & JULY

COLOUR - BLUE

To reflect the onset of rain, embodying cold temperatures

During the Season of Djeran, several animals began to establish pair bonds that have now transitioned into pairings in preparation for the Fertility Season and the onset of cold weather. Clouds, lightning, and thunder (koondarnangor) perform a wild dance across the sky in the Seasons of Makuru and the start of Djilba.

The skies are filled with the peak of the Makuru Season, featuring heavy rain and cool temperatures. You can always admire the beauty of lightning as swirling winds nourish growth and the changing air temperature echoes the thunders voice in this Season.

Preparations for Noongar People were already completed for the ongoing move to further inland areas where Noongar people knew they had an abundance of food and water.

Noongar people have always maintained a deep bond with fire (karl), seamlessly integrating it across the Six Seasons. In the Season of Birak, known as the 'Burning Season,' Noongar people practice 'controlled burning' for land renewal but in the Seasons of Makuru and Djilba, it's crucial for warmth, lighting, and cooking.

As the fire practices change, so does the Noongar diet with Kangaroo (yonga) and emu (weitj) being a important source of food this time of year.  The Makuru Season sparks the birth of the black swans' (maali) nests, preparing them for breeding.

There are many Aboriginal communities throughout Australia, and all have their own language, lore systems, kinship systems and beliefs. Aboriginal language was an oral language that was passed down from one generation to the next, therefore the language can vary in spelling.

Boodja - Land

Djarliny - Flame

Ni - Listen

Karl - Fire

Ngardanginy - Hunting practices

Karla - Campfire

Koondarnangor - Thunder

Mia Mia - Shelter

Koolbardi - Magpie

Yonga - Kangaroo

Weitj - Emu

Koormal - Female possum

Kelang - Male possum

Djidi djidi - Willy wagtail

Djet Malkakoom - Wildflower

Moodjar - Christmas Tree

Balga - Grass Tree

Poolgarla - Bull banksia - banksia grandis

Galyang - Rigid wattle - acacia cochlearis

Kudjong - Orange wattle

Karda - Goanna

Noorn - Dugite

Wakarl - Carpet snake

Nornt - Tiger snake

Yoorn - Bobtail