Clan Groups

CULTURAL TRADITION AMONG AURUKUN CLAN GROUPS

The people within Aurukun Shire are culturally divided into five spiritual clan groupings: Wanam, Winchanam, Puch, Apalech, and Sara.
Culturally when a person dies, the house that they have lived in is closed for a period of up to twelve months and the family vacate and stay with relatives.
When the house is ready to be lived in again, a “House Opening” Ceremony is performed with cultural dancing and feasting. House Opening Ceremonies are generally open to all people living in the community.