A Walbiri fire ceremony: Ngatjakula

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Roger Sandall

Jun, 1977
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Category: 
Anthropology and Archaeology
History
Product type: 
DVD
ISBN: 
9780855756437
Available: 
Yes
Audience: 
Secondary, Tertiary
Duration: 
21 minutes
Price: 
$19.95 RRP incl. GST

Ngatjakula is one of the most spectacular ceremonies of central Australia, employing fire to inflict real and symbolic punishment on those responsible for a social transgression. It serves to resolve conflict and, in the process, makes manifest underlying structures of Warlpiri (Walbiri) society.

Originally shot in 1967, the footage in this film is re-examined ten years later by anthropologist Nicolas Peterson.

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