Tombstone Unveiling: Preparation

Title:
Tombstone Unveiling: Preparation
Year:
2000
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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We see people preparing food for the tombstone opening. The narrator (Helen Anu) tells us in voice-over that it is the responsibility of the family to decide on the timeframe in which the opening occurs, and who has what responsibility in the preparation.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

This clip gives us the opportunity to see a tradition of the Torres Strait peoples, as they get ready for a tombstone opening. It shows the preparation of various foods such as fish, turtle, dugong and different kinds of vegetables.

Tombstone Unveiling Synopsis

An observational documentary about the Torres Strait tradition of unveiling the tombstone of the deceased a year after death.

Tombstone Unveiling is part of the Nganampa Anwernekenhe series produced by Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Productions. Nganampa Anwernekenhe means 'ours’ in the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte lanuages, and the series aims to contribute to the preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures.

Production Company:
CAAMA Productions
Executive Producer:
Priscilla Collins (AKA Cilla Collins)
Series Producer:
Jacqueline Bethel (AKA Jacqui Bethel)
Director:
Murray Lui
Cast:
Helen Anu