Members of the Wagiman language group from the Daly River in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a calendar of key Wagiman plants and animals.

Wagiman plants and animals calendar

The Wagiman plants and animals calendar was developed by key knowledge-holders of the Wagiman language group from the Daly River and CSIRO, as part of a Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge project on Indigenous socio-economic values and rivers flows in northern Australia1.

Wagiman people are the traditional owners of country in the Daly River region, about 250km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory. The Daly River and surrounding wetlands are rich in water-related resources, which are of high social and cultural significance to the traditional owners.

The development of the calendar was driven by a community desire to see key plants and animals of the Daly River region documented in Wagiman language, and made accessible to younger people as the older generations of the language group pass away.

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Reference

  1. Liddy M, Huddleston J, Banderson T, Woodward E, and the Wagiman/TRaCK Steering Committee (Banderson M, Huddleston B, Liddy R, McMah A, Sullivan L.). 2012. Wagiman Plants and Animals, Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia. CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Darwin, NT.

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