Indigenous knowledge offered for climate change adaptation
Science Network Western Australia, 22 May 2013

KIMBERLEY, AUSTRALIA: Researchers have been studying traditional Indigenous knowledge of ecology and weather with the Mirriwoong people of the Ord Valley and Keep River, in order to better manage the effects of climate change. A recently published paper gives the example of the beginning of the Mirriwoong wet season nyinggiyi-mageny known as barrawoondang (time of strong wind, thunder, lightning and rain). Weather conditions are described as ngoomelng birrga ginayinjaloorr-gerring (gathering of rain clouds). One of the traditional indicators that this season is commencing is the loud calling of the Goorrawoorrang or Channel-billed Cuckoos (Scythrops novaehollandiae). The study demonstrates how indigenous groups’ accumulate detailed baseline information about their environment to guide their resource use and management, and develop worldviews and cultural values associated with this knowledge.  Read the article … Read the abstract of the study The role of culture and traditional knowledge in climate change adaptation: insights from East Kimberley, Australia, by Sonia Leonard et al …