Dhapi Ceremony at Yirrkala - 1972


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1996, 91 Minutes

This is an archival record film of a circumcision ceremony at Yirrkala in 1972. 

On many occasions over the three weeks prior to the main ceremony, the boys to be circumcised are sung over and beautifully painted with clan designs. As the final day approaches the paintings become ever more elaborate. 

No translation or documentation is included in this documentary.

A Film Australia National Interest Program produced in association with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Philip Robertson

Narrator: Ian Dunlop

Year: 1996

Running Time: 91 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Indigenous Studies; Studies of Religion; Legal Studies - Contesting laws: Heritage, culture and land; SOSE/HSIE; Australian History - of particular relevance for NSW History Stage 5, Topic 6 'Changing Rights and Freedoms' Section A: Aboriginal Peoples - Change over Time; NSW History Stage 4 'Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History: What has been the nature and impact of colonisation on Aboriginal, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?'; English; Performing & Visual Arts. Teachers’ notes and background material are included on DVD.

SKU 200790116
Brand Film Australia

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