The Resource The house-opening [from the AIATSIS collection]

The house-opening [from the AIATSIS collection]

Label
The house-opening [from the AIATSIS collection]
Title
The house-opening [from the AIATSIS collection]
Contributor
Director
Narrator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When Geraldine Kawanka's husband died, she and her children moved out of their house. In earlier times, their bark house would have been burnt, but today a "house-opening" ceremony has evolved, creatively mingling Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and European traditions in order to deal with death in the context of new living patterns in the Aboriginal community of Aurukun, on the Cape York Peninsula, north Queensland. This beautifully observed documentary shows both the preparations for the ceremony and then the elaborate event itself, involving ritual, dancing, music, and a big feast that not even a sudden drenching tropical storm can disrupt. Narrating the film herself, Geraldine Kawangka expresses her feelings about the gathering of family members, explains the relationships between old and new traditions, and finally examines her feelings about returning to her house after the ceremony is over. She talks about how the ceremony is essential as a way to teach young people about traditional values and customs, and to give them a sense of belonging to a huge extended family: "if our children lost these ceremonies, children wouldn't know who they are or where they come in". Directed by Judith MacDougall
Cataloging source
UtOrBLW
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Ronin Films in 1980
Runtime
42
Technique
live action
Label
The house-opening [from the AIATSIS collection]
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1082971
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 42 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia.
  • rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1082971
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897769493
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
The house-opening [from the AIATSIS collection]
Link
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1082971
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 42 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia.
  • rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1082971
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897769493
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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