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Brambuk Calendar
Brambuk calendar from the Halls Gap Region showing six seasons
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Late Summer Autumn Winter Pre-Spring Spring Early Summer

Brambuk - Winter June to late July

The Winter season is depicted by cockatoos, fungi as well as clothes and totems.

This season incorporates the following:

Bleak mists, freezing winds and rain.
Animal breeding – Antechinus, phascogales and echidnas.
Laying of eggs by powerful owls.
Yellow - tailed Black Cockatoos on the move - tear at wattles for moths.
Blooming of fungi and winter orchids.
Flowering of heath and correa providing flashes of colour.
Return of Aquila constellation (Bunjil).

Lifestyle descriptors included:

Bands moved to rock shelters in the hills for refuge.
Long cloaks were made from possum skins.
Old people and pregnant women rubbed emu fat into the skin for protection from the cold.
For ornamentation, kangaroo teeth necklaces, hat mats and nose piercing.

There were two totems, GAMADJI (Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo) and GRUGIGJ (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo).

The Brambuk Homelands | Bureau of Meteorology Temperature and Rainfall Graphs for this region

Permission to use the Brambuk seasonal calendar is granted by the Elders/Directors of Brambuk, which includes the Gunditjmara, Winda Mara (Kerrup Jamara), Goolum Goolum, Kirrae Whurrong and Framlingham peoples. A link to the Brambuk website is included, www.brambuk.com.au.