Case study

Miriwoong Seasonal Calendar

Miriwoong calendar

Miriwoong calendar

This case study draws on ethnographic and participatory research of the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Center in conjunction with BOM and WA Parks and Wildlife, working with the Miriwoong people from the Keep River region of the Northern Territory between May 2009 and August 2013. The project aimed to develop a climate change adaptation tool based on Traditional Ecological Knowledge of weather and observed environmental change. Weather narratives were used to define Miriwoong understanding of climatic seasons. The description of monsoonal rain development is associated with nyinggiyi-mageny (wet season) and was further classified to occur in the sub-season of jaloorr-mageny (raining time). The process of clarifying aspects of weather, and how they are linked to seasons and impacts on Country, allowed BOM climatologists to explain predicted impacts of climate change in the East Kimberley through reference to Miriwoong weather narratives. This in turn allowed Miriwoong Traditional Owners to conceptualize vulnerability to climate change predictions on TEK and cultural processes.

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