Tennant Creek Sacred Dances: Bush coconut

Title:
Tennant Creek Sacred Dances: Bush coconut
Year:
1999
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
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A group of women are collecting bush coconuts, with a younger woman climbing the tree to collect them. She throws them down to the older women. A woman breaks one open whilst holding it in the palm of her hand, and shows us how to eat the bush coconut. Summary by Romaine Moreton.

We learn the language for the bush coconut, which is 'kunta’, and the women show us how to collect and eat the kunta.

 

Tennant Creek Sacred Dances synopsis

We are introduced to Tennant Creek through the eyes of the Moonga Moonga dancers (lady dancers), and the women’s dances belonging to this area.

 

Tennant Creek Sacred Dances curator's notes

An observational style documentary with the Wari Manga talking to camera about the country of the Warumunga tribe, and the spirit named Moonga Moonga, who 'is cheeky’ to people from other countries and cultures.Tennant Creek – Sacred Dances is about the role and responsibility of the women in this country and how the land is considered as a living entity around which these cultural practices originate.

Notes by Romaine Moreton

Production company:
CAAMA Productions
Series producer:
Jacqueline Bethel (AKA Jacqui Bethel)
Director:
Beck Cole