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MANINGRIDA, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12, 2012: Gary Marrjibarrile, Quincy Manakala, Stanley Djalarrra
Blake Djaymarr, Christopher Burabura and other men in the Maningrida community paint a Log Coffin for the repatriation of their ancestor's bones.

The log will be placed on Gary's mother's country outside Maningrida called Gartji (also spelled Gattji). The name of this specific log is for the Burlkburlk estate /Yirritja moiety.

Hollow log coffins are traditionally integral to funeral ceremonies in Arnhem Land, however, they have been rarely used in the last 30-40 years. The body of the deceased was buried and left to break down to only the bones. The family would then exhume the grave and retrieve the bones. The bones were painted with ochre and placed in the hollow log (made from a termite hollowed Eucalyptus tree) painted with the "totem" designs of the deceased person. The log coffin is left out in the deceased person's country to naturally decay.

The community will perform two repatriation ceremonies to properly burry the remains of their taken ancestors. _________________________________

For stock or print inquires, please email us at studio@moyer-toensing.com.
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2009 Amy Toensing
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MANINGRIDA, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12, 2012: Gary Marrjibarrile, Quincy Manakala, Stanley Djalarrra<br />
Blake Djaymarr, Christopher Burabura  and other men in the Maningrida community paint a Log Coffin for the repatriation of their ancestor's bones. <br />
<br />
The log will be placed on Gary's mother's country outside Maningrida called Gartji (also spelled Gattji). The name of this specific log is for the Burlkburlk estate /Yirritja moiety. <br />
<br />
Hollow log coffins are traditionally integral to funeral ceremonies in Arnhem Land, however, they have been rarely used in the last 30-40 years. The body of the deceased was buried and left to break down to only the bones. The family would then exhume the grave and retrieve the bones. The bones were painted with ochre and placed in the hollow log (made from a termite hollowed Eucalyptus tree) painted with the "totem" designs of the deceased person. The log coffin is left out in the deceased person's country to naturally decay. <br />
<br />
The community will perform two repatriation ceremonies to properly burry the remains of their taken ancestors. _________________________________<br />
<br />
For stock or print inquires, please email us at studio@moyer-toensing.com.