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Part 16 Headache

A man of the Western Desert who is a ÒmapantjaraÓ or healer operates on another man who has a headache.
Series : People of the Australian Western Desert | Episode : 16 | Year : 1969 | Total Duration : 5 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : Ian Dunlop |
Partially blind aboriginal men Burungu has headache from carrying heavy load. Djungurai is a mapantjara, man who has the power to remove bones from his stomach and use them for powerful magic and medicine. Djungurai runs his sweat onto other man's brow. Small boy sits nearby playing with seeds in wooden dish. Djungurai simulates removal of bone from his stomach and pushes it into Burungu's head. Then sucks at back of head to remove sickness. Burungu rests once operation is finished. (Oct 1967)
Access No. 126169 | 4 mins 35 secs | 1960s | Spring Granite (Kunapurul), near Warburton Mission, WA, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |