Aboriginal Astronomy

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Retell an Aboriginal Astronomy Story

Noongar people are the traditional owners of the south-west of Western Australia and have been for over 45,000 years. They have a deep knowledge and respect for our country, which has been passed down by their Elders.

Noongar boodja (country) extends from north of Jurien Bay, inland to north of Moora and down to the southern coast between Bremer Bay and east of Esperance. It is defined by 14 different areas with varied geography and 14 dialectal groups.

Noongar people have a profound physical and spiritual connection to country. It relates to their beliefs and customs regarding creation, life and death, and spirits of the earth. Spiritual connection to country guides the way they understand, navigate and use the land. It also influences their cultural practices.

Connection to Country | Kaartdijin Noongar

Australian Aboriginies represented our Milky Way Galaxy as a ladder.