Aboriginal Man Paints Body for Ceremony

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An aboriginal man paints his body for a cleansing ceremony on Tiwi Islands.  Body paint seems to be primarily decorative instead of storytelling.  Culture is more intact because the island is removed from modern western culture.  <br />
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A cleansing ceremony is the final ceremony in the death of a family member.  A year or so after the funeral the family gets together and paints pukamani poles and places them around the grave.  Some communities won't say the name of the deceased or go back into the home until there is a big cleansing rain.  But rituals vary from community to community. <br />
Relatives of this family brought pukamani poles from Snake Bay on the other side of the island.  They continued with this ceremony even though there was an impending cyclone.  Even though the ceremony is supposed to be a year or two after the death--often it is held just before Xmas at the beginning of the wet because everyone gets their Xmas club money around that time and there is an exchange of money at the end of the ceremony. The family also has to pay the dancers and totem carvers.  The family elder for this ceremony is Justin Puruntatameri. <br />
Tiwi has two islands--Bathurst and Melville.  This ceremony is in the town of Garden Point on Melville Island.  Melville Island is 2nd largest island in Australia... Tasmania is largest.
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