Birak (December/January) is one of the six Noongar seasons. Birak is known to Noongar as the 'hot and dry' season that coincides with December and January each year.
During this time, sections of bush were burned off using firestick farming, an age old practise which helped rejuvenate landscapes and reduce the fuel load to prevent catastrophic bush fires. The fire would also drive out animals for Noongar to hunt and use for food and create objects for other purposes, like making Booka from Yonga. Working boodjar in sections meant the animals always had vegetation available for food and shelter and the fires would be localised and controlled.
Ngiyan waarnk - References
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- Hansen, 2019. Noongar Bush Medicine. Medicinal plants of the south West of Western Australia.
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- Nyoongar Calendar. Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 18 December 2016
- Noongar Seasons. Quaalup Homestead. Whalesandwildflowers.com.au. Archived 29 August 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2016