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Caring For Our Dead

Kim Norman

Etching On Paper

29cm x 49cm


My old people would carry their dead with them for several years. They would wrap the body in tea tree bark or cabbage palm leaves and place it in forks of a tree or on a platform. They needed to make sure the person was truly dead. Our old people could communicate with the dead person. We never left the body alone keeping the spirit calm. It was a way of showing respect and how much they missed them. In the wet season the body was kept in the family humpy and everyone would sleep around it. This prevented the spirit from getting up and moving around. Eventually it was buried or cremated on sacred ground. If it was thought the death was caused by sorcery a spear fight could take place immediately after cremation.




Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre Incorporated

Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre Incorporated was formed in 2009. Pormpuraaw is a beautiful place located in Cape York Peninsula on the gulf of Carpentaria. We are rich in language speakers, culture and talented artists. We are most known for our print making, painting and sculptures made from recycled ghost nets. Ghost Net is the term we use for illegally abandoned fishing nets by commercial fishing boats. These nets drift on ocean currents and continue to kill marine life for no reason. We also publish important cultural manuscripts and film making in language. We have exhibited nationally and internationally. Our work has been collected by many important collections and institutions. http://Pormpuraaw Art & Culture (fcp1)-H.264

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