The sunrise and the Ceremony

Kunbarllanjnja (Oenpelli) Travel Blog

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Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Got up about 6:30am to walk to the billabong to watch the sunrise. The water was so clear and calm that all the images were perfectly reflected. The whistling kites and the cockatoos were so noisy and all swirling around in the sky. We didn't see any crocs. We came back and had breakfast and packed up all our stuff before going to watch the young men come home from the ceremony - they had been gone for three months. The last ceremony had been in the 1980s so we were really lucky to be here at this time. The older men and women of Kunbarllanjnja had been chanting all night calling them home - they started when they saw the new full moon in the sky. The entire community was there to welcome the boys, now men, home. There were heaps of young men involved, wearing loincloths and headbands and weaving in circles around a central group of women, while clapping their hands and stamping their feet in the dust. I hoped we weren't intruding. It all ended quite suddenly and the young men began walking back to their homes, changing back into their shorts, putting their ipods back on, etc. It was an amazing thing to see - the 'coming home' of so many. We filtered back to the guesthouse and did an inventory of the equipment and consumable we had. We did 101 surgeries this week and 25 last week --> 126 total! Not a bad effort at all. Had a quick bite of lunch, bid farewell to R, L + A, then headed back to Darwin, from where we were flying home that night.
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Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Kunbarllanjnja Guesthouse
Kunbarllanjnja Guesthouse
Kunbarllanjnja Guesthouse
Kunbarllanjnja Guesthouse
Sunrise over the guesthouse
Sunrise over the guesthouse
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Sunrise over Kunbarllanjnja
Crazy NT speed limits!
Crazy NT speed limits!
Kunbarllanjnja (Oenpelli)
photo by: Clarafina