The Djungguwan ceremony of Yirrkala, 1966

The Djungguwan ceremony of Yirrkala, 1966
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This is a short excerpt from a documentary made about the Djungguwan ceremony at Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory in 1966.

The traditional Yolngu, or Yolŋu ceremony, is also known as the Djuŋguan, Djuŋgewon, Djungguan or Djuŋguwan ceremony.

Two film versions of the Djungguwan were produced for what is now the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS): a 50-minute story of the ceremony and a five-hour archival record.

Both accounts, however, were restricted in 1967 as they contained scenes of sacred dances performed at the secret men's camp – dances that are to be viewed by initiated Yolngu men only. Those restricted scenes are not included here.

Anthropologist Professor Nicholas Peterson talks in voice-over about the rationale behind the filming and their approach.

This version comes from the 2006 Film Australia National Interest Program DVD, Ceremony: The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land, produced in association with Denise Haslem Productions. It was made in collaboration with Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Association and the Rirratjingu Association.