The Dreaming Track
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Aaron Yarran, 2007
This design is artist Aaron Yarron's interpretation of the six seasons and tells how the Aboriginal people use their land; not wasting any food or other resources at their disposal. Every part of food gathered or hunted is used for one thing or another.
The Noongar people have a close connection to the earth and as a consequence they divided the year into six distinct seasons that corresponded with moving to different habitats and feeding patterns based on seasonal food.
The large central piece depicts the Dreaming Track that was travelled by Noongar people for thousands of years and shows how the Noongar people travelled the track in search of food; food was determined by whichever of the six seasons they were experiencing.
The Dreaming Track was also a trade route utilised to barter resources not found in the local areas, until recent farming methods changed and eroded the Noongar cultural values of the trail. It is now a tourist natural experience for bush walking and more widely known as the Bibbulmin Track.
Unfortunately without a Noongar guide the cultural knowledge is somewhat diminished. Aaron takes the "six seasons" story to schools and out into the community.