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Kapak – Burning Rag Ceremony
This is a ceremony performed at Balgal a year after a person has deceased. This is a sad but also happy event for all tribes who pay their respect by attending and participating.
Poles with coloured materials are hung in a circular area. A hole is dug and used in the ceremony to burn the deceased’s belongings. Traditional dancing takes place through the late afternoon into the evening. Bush foods are traditionally prepared beforehand and eaten by all.