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‘Sorry Business is Yapa Way’: Warlpiri Mortuary Rituals as Embodied Practice

ByYasmine Musharbash

This chapter is about contemporary Warlpiri mortuary rituals performed immediately after a death has occurred, called ‘sorry business’ or simply ‘sorry’.1 The data on which this chapter is based is primarily derived from research at Yuendumu (a settlement of approximately 800 Warlpiri speakers, located 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs), as well as from participating in sorry business at a number of other Warlpiri settlements throughout the Tanami Desert.