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An aboriginal clan prepare to perform a traditional dance. We see the children of the village preparing for a dance ceremony, by searching for white clay which they call Gapan. An older boy called Arnold instructs the younger children on how to find it, after which they dig it from the ground in order to make a white paste to decorate themselves before dancing. Arnold explains how important the dancing ceremony or bungul is to the aboriginal people. We then head up to the planes where they find a sacred spot for their bungul. They dance on the plain telling the story of the white cockatoo.
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First broadcast:
25 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used as a stimulus to learn about dances from other cultures. Teachers could encourage children to think about how their dancing might be different and how the Aborigines used their own music to create an atmosphere. Children could be challenged to create their own instruments that could make a rhythm.