Wagiman Plants and Animals Calendar
The Wagiman Plants and Animals Calendar
Indigenous ecological knowledge can tell us much about the ecology of northern Australia. Members of the Wagiman language group from the Daly River in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a calendar of popular plants and animals. (1 page)
14 October 2012 | Updated 15 October 2012
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 (www.track.gov.au/ [external link]) project on Indigenous socio-economic values and rivers flows in northern Australia.
Wagiman people are the Traditional Owners of country in the Daly River region, about 250km south of Darwin. 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 region documented in Wagiman language, and made accessible to younger people as the older generations of the language group pass away.
Liddy, M., Huddleston, J., Banderson, T., Woodward, E., and the Wagiman/TRaCK Steering Committee (Banderson, M., Huddleston, B., Liddy, R., McMah, A. and Sullivan, L.). 2012. Wagiman Plants and Animals, Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia. CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Darwin, NT.