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Five Aboriginal Dances from Cape York

Ritual dances portraying Aboriginal legends of Cape York, performed at Aurukun Mission Station in northern Queensland.
Series : Aboriginal Dance | Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 8.5 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : Ian Dunlop |
Aboriginal men painting bodies, preparing for dances. Wooden totems and animals. Dances performed - Creation, Dove, Crow and Gecko Lizard; The Penalty for Adultery is Death; The Fairy Girls Created the Fresh Water Shark; Pikuwa and Kena, the Freshwater and Salt Water Crocodiles Fight; the Courting and Mating of the Curlew. The dances in this film pertain exclusively to the totems of the five language groupings / clans in the Wik / Aurukun area (Apalech, Sara, Winchunum, Puutch and Wanam)
Access No. 124626 | 8 mins 27 secs | 1960s | Aurukun, Cape York, Qld, Australia | © NFSA - Restricted Access | Colour |