#594 Knowledge of Country

The traditional owners of this land, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, have a connection to and understanding of country that is thousands of years old.

Right now we’re living in a time of climate change and natural disasters, of warmer winters and colder summers and it often feels like our understanding of mother nature and her seasons falls short. 

And so, it makes sense to turn to insights from First Nations people whose knowledge of the country is deep and all-encompassing. 

In fact, it’s essential to listen to First Nations understandings of the land if we want to learn how to live in harmony with country, rather than fight against it. 

Today we’re lucky enough to bring you some of this knowledge.

The Six Seasons

First up, a conversation with Elder Aunty Munya Andrews accompanied by soundscapes, detailing the cyclical patterns of weather, plants and animals from a First Nations perspective.

Produced by Ramon Briant, with Aunty Munya, an Elder from the Kimberley region of Western Australia and author of the new book, Ask Auntie: Seasons – An Introduction to First Nations Seasons.

Find out more about Aunty Munya’s work at Evolve Communities website. And find Ramon’s work at @therealram0n on instagram or at his website.

The supervising producer was Phoebe Adler-Ryan. 

Noongar Climate Memory

In our next story, we hear about First Nations memory of the last ice age through conversation with Noongar academic Dr Cass Lynch. This story was adapted from an interview originally recorded for Scitech’s Elements podcast.

Produced by Danni Stewart.

All The Best Credits

Executive Producer: Phoebe Adler-Ryan

Editorial Producer: Melanie Bakewell

Host: Madhuraa Prakash

Mixed by Emma Higgins

Image Credit: Charmaine Ledden Lewis