Tennant Creek Sacred Dances: Wupa

Title:
Tennant Creek Sacred Dances: Wupa
Year:
1999
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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Shots of landscape around Tennant Creek. The women sit near the creek named Juan Wargal, where they talk about land, children and the Dreaming. Wupa is the name of the dam, and the hill is called Dinkali. Summary by Romaine Moreton.

The women speak about the area, the creek, the dam and the hill. They have special knowledge gained from living in this place since they were young girls.

 

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