Monday, April 14, 2014

A different look at weather

Image above:  The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Indigenous Weather Knowledge (IWK) Website Project site.

Related links to Spatialworlds 
Spatialworlds website

Australian Geography Teachers' Association website    

Where am I??  
Adelaide, Australia: S: 34º 55' E: 138º 36'

Looking at weather through the Indigenous lens

A very useful website for geography students to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture Cross curriculum priority is the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Indigenous Weather Knowledge (IWK) Website Project.

The site showcases the seasonal weather calendars  developed over thousands of years by Indigenous communities in Australia. The site is in its early stages of development and will be progressively expanded to include information for additional areas, as well as other facets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interactions with, and knowledge of, weather and climate. Follow the sign posts on the IWK website to access the seasonal calendars. The site goes on to day that ..

"The project recognises the knowledge of weather and climate developed over countless generations by Australia's Indigenous communities, nicely complementing science and statistically based approaches. It provides an opportunity for communities to showcase their knowledge and for other Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and culture.
The calendars recognise the complexity and diversity of weather over the Australian continent and are finely tuned to local conditions and natural events. Unlike the European spring, summer, autumn and winter, the Indigenous versions include often five, and sometimes seven, distinct seasons."  from the BOM Indigenous Weather Knowledge website

In short, the site is a great way to: 

... emphasise the relationships people have with place and their interconnection with the environments in which they live. The Australian Curriculum: Geography curriculum also enables students to learn that there are different ways of thinking about and interacting with the environment. It integrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' use of the land, governed by a holistic, spiritually-based connection to Country and Place, with the continuing influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on Australian places, and in environmental management and regional economies. 
from the 2013 Australian Curriculum: Geography curriculum document.

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