Seeing the invisible: Yolngu video as revelatory ritual

Deger, Jennifer (2007) Seeing the invisible: Yolngu video as revelatory ritual. Visual Anthropology, 20 (2-3). pp. 103-121.

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Abstract

This paper describes a video conceived and codirected by a first-time Yolngu videomaker, Bangana Wunungmurra. Made in local languages and in accordance with indigenous protocols and priorities, the video, Gularri: That Brings Unity, works to reproduce the potent, socially constitutive effects of highly restricted revelatory ritual—for an unrestricted television audience. The paper explores how, under Yolngu direction, the video camera becomes a powerful technology for mediating the relationship between the inside and outside of things, the sacred and the public, the invisible and the visible, thereby challenging conventional Western understandings of image-making and spectatorship, representation, and "cultural resistance."

Item ID: 34029
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-5920
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 00:51
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
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