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Kulin Seasons

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

kangaroo apple
Kangaroo-apple fruit
Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

The lands of the Kulin people include the Dandenong Ranges, near Melbourne, which they refer to as the 'cold country'. The Kulin have a detailed local understanding of the seasons and the environment. Each season is marked by the movement of the stars in the night sky and changes in the weather, coinciding with the life cycles of plants and animals. Overlaid on the seven seasons are two other non-annual seasons - Flood season which is likely to occur on average about every 28 years, and Fire season which occurs on average about every seven years.

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