This article offers a raw and honest insight into how indigenous Australian’s deal with the passing of a clan member.

What an incredibly amazing ceremony, so very inclusive of the entire community and maybe what we are missing in western society?

Funeral ceremonies in the Northern Territory’s Indigenous communities are often spoken about, but rarely seen by outsiders.

At a homeland burial site near the Arnhem Land community of Galiwin’ku, water, smoke and songlines have been used to cleanse clan members and guide a spirit home.

Senior clan members have allowed the ceremony be filmed, in the hope that non-Indigenous people — known as balanda — can learn about the ceremony’s place in Yolngu society.

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