To celebrate NAIDOC week, check out Indigenous Weather Knowledge on the link below and take in the practical simplicity of a natural wisdom that no doubt got it right more often than our modern day weather forecasters.
NAIDOC week evolved from the declaration of a Day of Mourning from indigenous Australians on Australia Day 1938 after a lack of response from the Commonwealth government to a 1937 petition. The petition aimed at seeking Indigenous representation in Parliament and establishment of a National Department of Native Affairs and state advisory councils.
The only petitions to have gained any response from the government have been The Bark Petitions, the focus of this years NAIDOC week celebrations. Predictably, the first bark petition sent to Parliament House in 1963 was dismissed by some politicians as having no signatures, so a thumb print petition shortly followed.
There is a great kids book called “From Little Things Big Things Grow” that expresses the patience and frustration ofAustralia’s first people in being given a voice. Its written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody from their song. Illustrations by Gurindji school kids and artist Peter Hudson.
To find out more:
Indigenous Weather Knowledge
The BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) has put together a few pages on Indigenous weather knowledge from different parts ofAustralia. A window into another time and culture of hunter-gatherers. Click on the D’harawal link on theSydneymap for our local knowledge.