Bininj Gunborrk

Bininj Gunborrk, or singing and dancing, happens up to three times a week in, around and near Jabiru. This video demonstrates this important cultural tradition and the teaching for Wurdurd (children) by the Elders. This film was taken at Manaburduma, the town camp near Jabiru, on June 4, 2014.   The wellbeing of Aboriginal Australia … More Bininj Gunborrk

Boruwuy and Yirrkala “Dhuwa dhapi” ceremony

This video captures a Boruwuy and Yirrkala “Dhuwa dhapi” circumcision ceremony in 2008. For many Indigenous tribes, the first important event in the passage from childhood to manhood is the circumcision ritual. These ceremonies, which often last several weeks, mark the change from a carefree childhood to disciplined manhood, from irresponsibility to responsibility, from ignorance … More Boruwuy and Yirrkala “Dhuwa dhapi” ceremony

Mornington Island dances with didgeridoo

This 1988 film shows some of the songs and dances of the Lardil people of Mornington Island and the Borroloola community. Songs and dances are passed down through generations, over thousands of years, and they convey cultural knowledge about country, ceremony, hunting and law. The transmission of cultural knowledge is very important for the wellbeing … More Mornington Island dances with didgeridoo

Honey Ants!

In Warlpiri country, and many other Indigenous nations, people supplement their diets with traditional bush food. Vegetables are notoriously expensive in desert communities and many families can’t afford to buy them on a regular basis. Diabetes is one of the biggest killers of Aboriginal people, so the inclusion of bush bananas, bush potato, bush eggplants … More Honey Ants!

Ngangkari, Mural Story

A group of Ngangkari traditional healers, from Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands, have created a mural which passes on knowledge about their unique ability to protect and heal individuals and keep communities from harm. They have made a video which explains the mural, in their own language but with English subtitles. It’s an extraordinary story… … More Ngangkari, Mural Story

Galarrwuy Yunupingu

Balupalu Yunupingu explains a Yolngu ceremony which was held to celebrate the life of elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu.   Galarrwuy Yunupingu is a Gamatj man of the Yolngu people. He was educated at the Yirrkala Mission School and helped his father draft the famous Bark Petition of 1963.   “As a man reaches the final points … More Galarrwuy Yunupingu

Hand Back Ceremony of Uluru to the Anangu People

On 26 October 1985, custodianship of Uluru and neighbouring Kata Tjuta was returned to its Anangu traditional owners. The ceremony remains one of the most significant moments in the Aboriginal land-rights movement. Sir Ninian Stephen, then Governor-General, acknowledged the importance of Uluru to indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. “Today we stand not merely in the centre … More Hand Back Ceremony of Uluru to the Anangu People