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Madarrpa Funeral at Gurka'wuy.

Author: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Firm),
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2018. 1979.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1976, Ian Dunlop was invited by Dundiwuy Wanambi, a leader of the Marrakulu clan, to Gurka'wuy on Trial Bay in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He wanted Film Australia to record the first major Marrakulu ceremony to be held at Gurka'wuy since its recent establishment as a clan settlement. While they were there, a baby boy died. The Madarrpa men, including the child's father and Dundiwuy, asked for the funeral to be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Australian Studies
Education films
Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Firm),
OCLC Number: 1035145884
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Title from title frames.
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Performer(s): Ian Dunlop, Dundiwuy Wanambi, Narritjin Maymuru.
Event notes: Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 1979.
Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (85 min.) : flv file, sound
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In 1976, Ian Dunlop was invited by Dundiwuy Wanambi, a leader of the Marrakulu clan, to Gurka'wuy on Trial Bay in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He wanted Film Australia to record the first major Marrakulu ceremony to be held at Gurka'wuy since its recent establishment as a clan settlement. While they were there, a baby boy died. The Madarrpa men, including the child's father and Dundiwuy, asked for the funeral to be filmed. Mortuary rites of the Yolngu are extremely complex. Despite some practical modifications to traditional ceremonies as a result of life on mission stations, ritual remains extremely strong. Because the Madarrpa funeral at Gurka'wuy is for a young child, and not an adult, the ceremony is relatively short. It is, nevertheless, still complex. Every part of the ritual is rich in symbolism and has many meanings. Because the deeper meanings are secret and cannot be revealed in this film it is not easy to explain the significance of much of the ritual. However, this film is a detailed study of the funeral ceremony. It highlights the complex connections of people of different clans.

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