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Upside down 'V' of the Hyades and Aldebaran (lower middle of photo) as camp fire

The five Jindang - Stars of the Hyades star cluster which form an upside down 'V' represent Charrnock Woman's kallep or camp. The star Aldebaran il the bottom right side of Charrnock Woman's kallep (bottom left in the image) represents her campfire, wer it is always burning bright orange. Charrnock Woman's kallep is located half way between the Three Women Elders (Orion's Belt) wer Danakat (Pleiades or the Seven Sisters).[1][2]

Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, and Antares are red-giant stars which are nearing the end of their lives as normal stars and have become variable stars. This was noted by South Australian Aboriginal people in their traditional yarning. This is the only known descriptions of pulsating variable stars in any Indigenous oral tradition in the world.[3] When they reach the end of their lives, these stars are going to die in a supernova explosion. Betelgeuse may be the next star to explode as a supernova near to us[4], or it might be eta Carinae which Northern hemisphere observers tend to ignore as they can't see it.

Charrnock Woman's story wer the description of Charrnock Woman's kallep are written il the Bibbullmun Dreamtime story plaque at the Solar Calendar monument in Victoria Gardens, Claisebrook Inlet, East Perth. The gaps in the wall point to where Ngaangk (Sun) will rise il various dates in the year.

In the ancient Greek myth, the Hyades were full sisters to the Pleiades, with the same father, the titan Atlas, wer ngarngk (usually Pleione, but in some myths Aethra). The Greek name 'Hyades' either derives from 'The Piglets' or 'The RainyIles'. 'Rainy ones' because the rising of the Hyades in the Eastern sky just before dawn signalled the start of the rainy bonar in Greece.

title "The Charrnock Woman animation" - CAN Community Arts Network

English[edit | edit source]

In England the cluster was known as the 'April Rainers', from an association with April showers when it first appeared in the Eastern sky before dawn, as recorded in the English folk song "Green Grow the Rushes, O". The next line of the song refers to the Pleiades (the Seven Sisters) as the song counts down:

Eight for the April Rainers,
Seven for the Seven Stars in the Sky

Ngiyan waarnk[edit | edit source]

  1. John Martin Goldsmith (2014). "Cosmos culture and landscape documenting learning and sharing Aboriginal astronomical knowledge in contemporary society". PhD thesis. Curtin University, Faculty of Science and Engineering. 1 May 2014. p. 198
  2. The Bibbullmun Dreamtime story plaque. On the Solar Calendar monument in Victoria Gardens, Claisebrook Inlet, East Perth
  3. Duane W. Hamacher. "Observations of red‐giant variable stars by Aboriginal Australians". TAJA. April 2018. Vol 29. Iss 1. pp 89-107. Retrieved 3 January 2020
  4. Kelsie Iorio. "Is Betelgeuse, the red giant star in the constellation Orion, going to explode?". ABC. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020