Smoking the Baby (2001)

An observational documentary about the ritual of smoking the baby to ensure their health and well-being.

Elders sitting at Five Mile, south-east of Seven Mile, tell us how the old people used to smoke the babies. The ritual of smoking the baby is one of purification.

Documentary, Education, Religion
Length: 23 minutes
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 13
Director - Dena Curtis

Smoking the Baby (2001) from CAAMA on Vimeo.

DVD available from Ronin Films.

Further clips and teachers notes are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from Ronin Films.


Phylis Dickenson
Lisa Foster
Connie Lovegrove
Denise Mayers
Frances Mayers
Bunny Naparrula
Teresa Patterson
Annie Phillipos
Penny Phillips
Paula Walker


Papula Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation.
The Nganampa Anwernekenhe Documentary series is produced by CAAMA for Impaja Television