On Sunday I was at a Community Event that was part of the Seasons and Cycles Program A program funded by the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority. With an original focus on Biodiversity (bio = life) so the diversity of life in the Hawkesbury Nepean River (Durrubin River) area. Not only the diversity but when things, flowers, animals, weather – comes and goes. Plus how it interacts.
This knowledge of season and cycles was shared with all at the event by those who have a long lineages of connecting with this land. Auntie Fran (Auntie and Uncle are used as terms of respect for the Indigenous teachers) an Elder with extensive knowledge of plants, medicine, bushfoods, seasons and more shared much. Plus she has a book written called “Seasons and Cycles” a beautiful looking book with much wisdom.
One storey shared was about the Red-belly black snake who has an agreement with People that if People allow it and it’s family to live in and around where they live – undisturbed – the snake will eat all the poisonous creatures including spiders and other snakes. If one sees a Red Belly Black snake on the path they only need stamp three times so the snake, which is deaf, knows someone is there and the snake will then move away.
A man with much knowledge Uncle Dennis Foley shared an abundance of information relating to the area now called Pittwater and beyond Pittwater. We heard of the Sacredness of the Angophora Trees, how this area is a matriarchal lineage system (land and other responsibilities handed down through the Womens side), who there were Crocodiles and Dugong in the area.
We learnt about the Wet Moon and the Dry Moon – that is when there is a full moon and rain this is called a wet moon and the next 4 weeks will be easier – births will be wet, fish will be plentiful and there will be no unrest between ‘tribes’. A dry full moon is the opposite. Our full moon has just past and it was a wet one. Not pouring but misty with rainbows and low clouds. Rain that fell in fast short bursts then cleared to sun shine again. Quite steamy and tropical at times.
Plus Auntie Karleen Green came prepared with wonderful woven and dyed plants plus baskets to make from Palm Fronds – all ages loved this plus it was so lovely to sit with Auntie Karleen and listen to stories. She is a super woman who just gets up and makes good things happen.
Tina from Tide Event Management did a terrific Service of bringing the Vision into reality – as she has done many times previously. Tina is highly organised but more than that she understands connection on many levels and how essential connection is.
“Be in Nature, stay in harmony with Nature, it is you…Learn of Nature, then understand yourself!” Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha