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Walbiri Ritual at Ngama

Synopsis
Ngama is a Walbiri ritual centre near Yuendumu some 200 miles northwest of Alice Springs in Central Australia. It is distinguished by a large rock painting of a snake, and much of the associated ritual is intended to promote the fertility of pythons and members of the python clan. The film shows an initiate being introduced to the snake painting and shown the sacred boards or ‘churinga’; the letting of arm blood and its use as an adhesive; the preparation for and the performance of three dances or mimetic ‘acts’. (To make the film about 20 Walbiri men were transported 20 miles from Yuendumu to the site and were supplied with food. The use of traditional dress and decorative materials was requested: other direction or control was negligible.)
Language
English
Country
Australia
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 23 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1966
Availability
out of Distribution
Uses
Undergraduates. Postgraduates.*
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Australia; paintings - rock paintings; Walbiri

Credits

Director
Roger Sandall

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

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