Kwoperdok wirn, koort, moort.
Strong spirit, heart, family.
Our Elders teach our children all the lessons of life. These are embedded in songs, languages, and rituals.
Children learn about their relationship to the environment, the six Noongar seasons, the flowering and fruiting of plants, animal behaviours and weather patterns. They are taught about the creation of rivers, hills and constellations, and to respect the geographical boundaries of other kinship and language groups.
We are the custodians of the oldest living cultures on Earth. Our cultural knowledge is linked directly to our identity and our emotional, physical, and spiritual health and well-being.
Once known child artist, The Blue of the Sky c1949
Pastel and charcoal on paper. Curtin University Art Collection
Noongar moort, Noongar coolingah.
Noongar families, Noongar children.
Our children are born into a complex social structure. They are assigned a moiety which guides them in marriage and relationships. On Whadjuk Boodja these are the wardong (raven) kin group and maanitj (white cockatoo) kin group.
Birthing, caring for, and educating children, and rites of passage are governed by strict rules and protocols. Our babies are given totems, like kaarda (blue-tongued lizard) or the chirriger (blue wren), that guide them through their physical and spiritual lives.
We all have responsibilities to care for the plants and animals which sustain us.