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					Aboriginal body
 decoration in
   Australia


 Katie Bowerman
•Ochre

•Earth

•Land

•Body

•Totem
      Significance of the Ochre

• “Different coloured ochre is applied to
  various designs according to your totem
  so that spirituality is awakened during the
  paint-up. “ (Artistic director of ‘Bangarra Dance’
  theatre: Stephen Page)
The Totem
      Ceremonies/Corroborees

Aboriginal ceremonies
are dramatic mimes




                        and dances telling the
                        history of their ancestors
                Mourning
• "In Australia where a widow piles up an
  impressive quantity of plaster on her head:
  her absolute mourning will only end when
  her hair falls out, together with this fixed
  mask.” (Mauss, 2007, 77).
      Aboriginal Body Decoration in
        Contemporary Australia




The Ochre is widely recognised as Aboriginal Body decoration
Aboriginal Street
  performers

• Tourists pay to:
  – Get photographs
    with them
  – Listen to them play
    the didgeridoo
  – Watch them perform
    story telling dances

				
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