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CLIP 9606

Traditional aboriginal dance

Traditional aboriginal dance

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Key Info
  • Traditional aboriginal dance
  • Duration: 04:35
  • 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.
  • Subject:

    Physical Education


    Dance Activities: Dance Around the World

  • Keywords: instrument, music, Australia, aboriginal, tribe, nature, craft, culture, children, family, tradition, didgeridoo, outback, outdoors, tune, clan, indigenous, music, singing, dance, paint, movement, teach, artdancemusicaroundtheworld
Ideas for use in class
  • Literacy - finding out some traditional Aboriginal stories, reading them and using drama to act them out. Literacy - writing some stories/fables in the same style about animals native to the UK. Dance - using the film to inspire group dance in the 'follow the leader' style. Music - link with the use of the didgeridoo. Geography - looking at culture, tribal links, use of paints etc.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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