According to Museums Victoria: “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.” Their calendar has seven seasons and August is a season of its own: it’s called Guling Orchid Season, and it is marked by orchids flowering and silver wattle bursting into colour.
Our focus question was -
“How does Deep Creek make visible the seasons?”
As budding scientists, the children observed phenomena and changes in the Kulin season, such as:
- The changing water level of the creek and erosion caused to vegetation after rain (Duke)
- More flow in the water and trees were different colours (Jett)
- More plants seemed to be dying when they were green earlier in the year. Are they getting ready to flower again? (Romi and Scarlett)
- The water is the key to everything because it makes the erosion and helps plants to grow (Mia H)
- You can use the wind to figure out what season it is and that’s how Indigenous people used this, as well as using the stars to know what season it is. (Sage)
- Wattle and sour grass are blooming with yellow flowers. (Josh and Taj)