In memory of Mawalan: a ceremony for Wandjuk's father

Australia, 1983

Film
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In 1971 Wandjuk Marika organised a Djangkawu ceremony at Yirrkala in memory of his father, Mawalan who died in 1967. Mawalan had been the highly respected head of the Rirratjingu clan for whom the Djangkawu are primary creator ancestors. For this film Wandjuk has made explicit only outside or public interpretation of this ceremony. The ceremony was also important for its attempt to reinforce, for tribal members, the importance of their traditions. Contains some b&w footage.

Credits

producer/director

Ian Dunlop

production company

Film Australia

Language

English

Duration

01:32:05:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

33719

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Australia, Northern

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Rites and ceremonies

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indigenous peoples - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Yirrkala (N.T)

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

Places → Yirrkala (N.T)

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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