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A Walbiri fire ceremony : Ngatjakula, a film by Roger Sandall

Label
A Walbiri fire ceremony : Ngatjakula
Title
A Walbiri fire ceremony
Title remainder
Ngatjakula
Statement of responsibility
a film by Roger Sandall
Contributor
Director
Editor
Narrator
Photographer
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Originally shot in August 1967, the footage in this film was re-examined ten years later by anthropologist Nicolas Peterson. He and filmmaker Roger Sandall had been working with Warlpiri (Walbiri) men in the desert away from the government settlement of Yuendumu in Central Australia. On their return to the settlement, they observed the fire ceremony. One of the most spectacular ceremonies of Central Australia, it employs fire to inflict real and symbolic punishment on those responsible for a social transgression. A painted pole is placed in the ground where the ceremony is to take place, it represents a place near Lake Surprise where an ancestral spirit emerged from the ground. In the course of the ceremony, one of the two main groupings (moieties) within Warlpiri society has the opportunity to exact from the other an acknowledgment of wrong-doing by some of its members. In this instance, the two groups are either the owners of the land or the managers who are relatives of the owners. Both women and men play a role in the ceremony. In his commentary, Peterson explains this social division and the role the ceremony plays in solving disputes within the community. A song cycle is started by the owners creating a verbal map of their country that affirms their claim to it. Many rituals are performed including the painting of the owners and the collection by managers of branches and leaves that will be used to both punish and protect the owners from the fire during the climax of the ceremony. The climax starts by the owners lining up one by one to be hit with small leafy branches by some of the managers that cover the owners in sparks from the fire, while other managers brush the sparks off them. Verbal insults follow and these are also aimed at the non-indigenous people who come to witness the climax of the ceremony. In the final part of the ceremony, the managers sing and dance toward the owners, swinging large branches of burning leaves across the heads of the crowd releasing sparks that in turn release their grievances. The singing and dancing stops at this point and the ceremony ends
Cataloging source
AFSA:L
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director, photographer: Roger Sandall; editor, producer: Kim McKenzie
Dewey number
305.89915
PerformerNote
Commentator: Nicolas Peterson
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1941-
  • 1949-2013
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Peterson, Nicolas
  • Sandall, Roger
  • McKenzie, Kim
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Runtime
20
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Warlpiri (Australian people)
  • Fire
  • Songs, Walbiri
Target audience
general
Label
A Walbiri fire ceremony : Ngatjakula, a film by Roger Sandall
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Classification exempt (For educational use only); Ronin recommends: For general exhibition
  • Ronin Films wishes to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that this film may contain images and voices of deceased persons
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
  • two-dimensional moving image
  • spoken word
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000044905993
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 DVD (20 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videotape
Other physical details
sound, colour
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videocassette
System control number
(OCoLC)472656654
System details
Region all; PAL
Video recording format
EIAJ (1/2 in., reel)
Label
A Walbiri fire ceremony : Ngatjakula, a film by Roger Sandall
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Classification exempt (For educational use only); Ronin recommends: For general exhibition
  • Ronin Films wishes to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that this film may contain images and voices of deceased persons
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
  • two-dimensional moving image
  • spoken word
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000044905993
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 DVD (20 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videotape
Other physical details
sound, colour
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videocassette
System control number
(OCoLC)472656654
System details
Region all; PAL
Video recording format
EIAJ (1/2 in., reel)

Library Locations

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