THE DHINAWAN STORY
This Hoodie Represents the start of Dhinawan (emu) season. The key indicator is found in the buluuy (sky) when you look to the Mirri (stars) and locate Yarran (The southern Cross), which is located in the Southern Hemisphere looking south east.
Once you locate this special place in the sky you will see the two pointer Mirri’s pointing to the south east. These two Mirri’s are the Murraay (Sulfur Crested white cockatoo). They are the protectors of this sacred place in the sky.
As you gaze more you can locate the Dhinawan looking to the left of the Yarran (southern cross) and it’s neck running along the Murraay (pointer stars). This constellation is not outlined by the stars it is actually a dark silhouette stretched across the southern sky.
During the time of April-May as the weather and landscapes change into the cooler months, she the Dhinawan is chasing her mate (the male Dhinawan). Then we know around June-July it’s time to head out and search for those yummy eggs to provide food for our families.
Whilst this is happening the male Dhinawan is sitting on the eggs to ensure that the incubation process is carried out as he is the Bubaa (father) & protector of his Waalaybaa Dhiiyaan (Family & Home).
Once the eggs hatch in mid to late August he will then share his knowledge of our land, lore and survival to his little chicks.
As the season progresses into Late Spring which is around November the female Dhinawan will fade along the horizon of the south western sky in our sacred waterhole. This indicates rainy season is coming.
This story is based upon traditional way of life and the seasons are now being effected by climate change and are subject to either start early or late regarding landscape. Please be mindful when your looking for indicators on country such as hunting for eggs.
Gaba Nginda, (thankyou)
Buddy & Winangali Crew