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GARTJI / MANINGRIDA, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA -

An Aboriginal boy having his chest painted in preparation to dance during a repatriation ceremony in Gartji (also spelled Gattji) - an ancestral homeland outside of Maningrida. Descendants of the taken bones prepared a log coffin, which is the traditional vessel for the bones of the deceased.

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. _________________________________

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Copyright
2009 Amy Toensing
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5760x3840 / 14.6MB
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Aboriginal Australia Archive
GARTJI / MANINGRIDA, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA - <br />
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An Aboriginal boy having his chest painted in preparation to dance during a repatriation ceremony in Gartji (also spelled Gattji) - an ancestral homeland outside of Maningrida. Descendants of the taken bones prepared a log coffin, which is the traditional vessel for the bones of the deceased. <br />
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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 />
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For stock or print inquires, please email us at studio@moyer-toensing.com.