Tennant Creek Sacred Dances: Strong spirit

Title:
Tennant Creek Sacred Dances: Strong spirit
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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Over shots of landscape, an elder named Napanangka tells us about Moonga Moonga, a strong spirit who makes children from other cultures sick, and that 'he is bad and cheeky to people from other countries’. In order to sing these songs, the elders tell us that they must be good. Summary by Romaine Moreton.

Elder Napanangka tells us about the songs and dances of this particular country. We begin to get an understanding that this land is alive and requires management through dances and songs. When Napanangka tells us that people from ‘other countries’ might get sick, she is referring to anyone who is not from this place.

 

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