• Short Summary

    Visnews filmed recently the preparation of Pooka Mooni posts by men of the Tiwi tribe, on Melville Island, north-east of Darwin, Australia.

  • Description

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    LV Three aborigines paint post, the white men walk over, man in cap, check shirt, left Dr. Scougal
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    2.
    SV Closer shot two men looking at poles, man from Art Gallery opens a book
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    LV Look at book, point at different sections off poles
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    LV Walk round, behind aborigine and watch him paint pole
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    SV Two men which Larry "One-Eye"
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    LV Two men walk away to another aborigine painting
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98MSLMDK4FJ6YV85L19JZ14O5
    Media URN:
    VLVA98MSLMDK4FJ6YV85L19JZ14O5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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