Fenner PhD Emma Ligtermoet & the Kunwinjku Seasonal Calendar

Wednesday 2 December 2015
Kunwinjku seasonal calendar

The knowledge contributors felt the seasonal calendar would be a valuable cultural learning aid to help share Kunwinjku knowledge with both the next generation and the broader community.

Fenner School PhD candidate Emma Ligtermoet (ANU/ CSIRO), together with senior Traditional Owners launched the Kunwinjku Seasonal Calendar from Kunbarlanja (Gunbalanya), in western Arnhem Land, last week. 

Ms Ligtermoet and senior Traditional Owner from Kunbarlanja, Ms Julie Narndal, collaborated closely with other senior knowledge holders in Gunbalanya community, including Ms Connie Nayinggul and Ms Donna Nadjamerrek and their families, to document Kunwinjku ecological knowledge. 

Ms Narndal was motivated to share Kunwinjku knowledge in a way that helped students learn ‘both ways’. The knowledge contributors felt the seasonal calendar would be a valuable cultural learning aid to help share Kunwinjku knowledge with both the next generation and the broader community. It was enthusiastically received by the Gunbalanya School community, where it will assist students for example in providing relevant entry points into science curriculum activities. 

The production of a seasonal calendar complemented Emma’s PhD research in the region, which focuses on freshwater customary harvesting practices and climate change adaptation. Part of her research included talking with people about their observations of environmental change, such as changes in weather characteristics or in the timing of key phenological events that influenced hunting and harvesting activities. 

The Kunwinjku seasonal calendar was supported by the National Environmental Research Program’s Northern Hub and Ms Ligtermoet’s Water for a Healthy Country CSIRO PhD scholarship. Regional linguist and Australian National University Research Fellow, Dr Murray Garde, also provided in-kind support through the Bininj Gunwok Language Project.

For copies of the calendar please contact: Barbara.McKaige@csiro.au. Further information is available at: http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Land-management/Indigenous/I...

 

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