The Ngunya Jargoon IPA rangers and staff have recently released their cultural calendar for the Nyangbul People of the Bundjalung Nation, Ballina and Cabbage tree Is. A cultural calendar provides insight into the cultural significant events, plants and animals that signal seasonal change in the landscape. It is not a static thing like a normal calendar, it is a process of participating in country.
The proposed seasons are based on best research taking into account the weather, the flowering times of plants, the breeding of animals, and the stories of the land from people both past and present. Within the proposed 6 main seasons there are many other seasons; oyster season, mullet season, west wind season and so on.
The land has changed so much since the first cedar getters arrived in the Richmond Valley, almost beyond recognition. Climate change is also affecting seasonality. We encourage you to let the calendar become a guide to further observation, to keep asking questions and develop a deep knowledge of country and seasons.
To view and download a copy of the calendar use this link: http://jalilands.com.au/.