The House-opening (A)

Australia, 1980

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The house-opening ceremony performed at Aurukun is derived from traditional mortuary rites, but European and Torres Strait Island elements are now combined with these in a ceremony which at times assumes the atmosphere of a party. Traditionally, when someone died their house was burned, but with the advent of European-style housing this practice became impractical and the house-opening was developed as a means of ritually purifying the house so that the family may re-inhabit it.

Credits

director

Judith MacDougall

production company

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Language

English

Duration

00:43:30:00

Colour

Colour

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