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
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
The “Aeroplane Dance” from Borroloola depicts an event of the Second World War when an American bomber crashed in country to the east and the crew was found and rescued by local Yanyuwa people. Aboriginal ceremony is a living and evolving cultural practice that responds to events in living memory as well as events from … More “Aeroplane Dance” from Borroloola
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
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!
Gurindji leaders protest a huge new mine that will divert the flow of the McArthur River, near Borroloola, in theNorthern Territory. When they try to visit their sacred sites on the river, Xstrata mining company buzzes them with a helicopter. The elders refuse to leave and perform traditional dances and songs by their sacred river. … More Song for the Rainbow Serpent
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
This video shows young Nunggubuyu men singing and playing didjeridu and clapsticks while men and already initiated boys dance at the start of a “Djapi” initiation ceremony – late afternoon between the houses in Numbulwar, a community in East Arnhem Land.
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
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