Visnews filmed recently the preparation of Pooka Mooni posts by men of the Tiwi tribe, on Melville Island, north-east of Darwin, Australia.
LV Three aborigines paint post, the white men walk over, man in cap, check shirt, left Dr. Scougal
SV Closer shot two men looking at poles, man from Art Gallery opens a book
LV Look at book, point at different sections off poles
LV Walk round, behind aborigine and watch him paint pole
SV Two men which Larry "One-Eye"
LV Two men walk away to another aborigine painting
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Background: Visnews filmed recently the preparation of Pooka Mooni posts by men of the Tiwi tribe, on Melville Island, north-east of Darwin, Australia. The posts were being erected in the ground as the culmination of three months of mourning for a recently-dead member of the tribe.
The posts - cut out from bloodwood trees and painted - are regarded as the only means of contact between the tribe and the shade world among the pandanus roots inhabited by the dead man. The carvings on the posts hold a secret significance for the tribesmen. The funeral rites include a song of lament sung by the dead man's widow, and other ceremonies are performed near the Pooka Mooni posts.