Yawuru Seasons

Yawuru people live by six seasons. We read the changing signs in the wangal (winds), the wula (rainfall) and temperature, and the plants and animals, and notice how these come together.

 

The wattle flowers in Barrgana mean that the salmon and catfish are fat.

When the wattle seeds, the mullet lay their eggs, and when the seeds open up, the eggs have hatched.          

Mati Gilbert

We have cultural rules and responsibilities about how we use and look after the country, plants and animals. We have rules about when certain animals can be eaten and by whom, as well as responsibilities about not wasting what can be eaten.

The six seasons as understood by Yawuru

Man-gala

The WET. Strong north-west winds.  wangal jarrangu (cyclones).   December – March

 

Marrul

CHANGING season. Little wind or rain. Humidity drops. April – May

 

Wirralburu

COOLING season. Strong south-east winds. No rain. May – June.

 

Barrgana

COLD season. Strong dry south-easterly winds. guju-guju (dust storms). June – August

 

Wirlburu

WARMING-up season. Westerly winds start to blow. September – October

 

Laja

HOT time. Build up to wet season. Late September – November