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HRAFF 2019 | Etched in Bone

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Published on Mar 11, 2019

Jacob Nayinggul, a senior elder from Gunbalanya in Arnhem Land, is dealing with the disturbing reality that bones of his ancestors were stolen from burial caves. They were taken in 1948 by a scientific expedition and shipped to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. When, after years of argument, the Smithsonian agrees to repatriate the bones, the community faces a new challenge. Fearful that the ancestorsโ€™ spirits were wrenched from their country and taken overseas, Nayinggulbrings harmony to the landscape by creating a new type of ceremony that will put the spirits to sleep in the land where they were born.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

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