Madarrpa funeral at Gurka'wuy

Australia, 1976

Film
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In the small Aboriginal community of Gurka’wuy, 170 kms. south of Yirrkala, a baby dies. Subtitled “a way of coping with death in north-east Arnhem Land through ties of clan, religion and land”, this film, photographed by Dean Semler, depicts the three day long preparations for the funeral, and the funeral itself. The ceremonies, dances, songs and paintings are described in detail, as the child is symbolically returned to its clan lands further south.

Credits

production company

Film Australia

director
Duration

01:28:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1976

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303255

Language

English

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Northern Territory

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Rites and ceremonies

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Funeral rites and ceremonies

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

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Ethnology - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Funeral rites and ceremonies

History → Funeral rites and ceremonies

Places → Yirrkala (N.T)

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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