The House-Opening

The House-Opening cover

Judith MacDougall

Jun, 1980
Category: 
History
Product type: 
DVD
ISBN: 
9780855756277
Available: 
Yes
Audience: 
Primary, Secondary, Tertiary
Duration: 
42 minutes

When Geraldine Kawanka's husband died she and her children left their house at Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula. In earlier times, a bark house would have been burnt, but today a 'house-opening' ceremony - creatively mingling Aboriginal, Torres Strait and European elements - has evolved to deal with death in the midst of new living patterns. This film records the opening of the house and Geraldine's feelings about it in her informative and personal commentary.

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Last reviewed: 23 Apr 2020