Kup-Murri

The Kup-Murri is a traditional Torres Strait Islander feasting ceremony performed mainly at weddings, births, and funerals and most importantly at tombstone unveilings. The Kup-Murri is a perpetual birthing ceremony that nurtures and provides for our communities wellbeing and health. The Kup Murri enables the individual to reconnect with the four elements that maintain life and to celebrate and thank the creation spirits for looking after our culture, customs and spiritual beliefs.

Today 75% of Torres Strait Islanders reside on mainland Australia and it is quite common for parents and their children to assist in the two way learning process at such as NAIDOC, SURVIVAL DAY, MABO DAY and RECONCILLIATION Week celebrations.

Preparation for the feasting ceremony is gender specific, with men responsible for hunting and catching seafood such as fish, dugong and turtle also including pig, goat and deer meat. The women are responsible for gathering and preparing vegetables such as yam, sweet potatoes, cassava and harvesting of fruits including coconuts, mangoes, tamarines, sour sap, paw paw and bananas.

The earth oven or Kup-Murri consists of a shallow pit in the ground filled with stones, as well as firewood to heat the stones.
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Once the stones are hot, some are set aside and placed on top of the food, which is wrapped in banana leaves and coconut leaf baskets so it cooks evenly. More leaves are placed on top to add flavour such as mango, almond, taro and coconut.
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The food is covered with sand to seal in the heat and usually cooks for several hours.

The Kup-Murri is a perpetual birthing ceremony that nurtures and provides for our communities well-being and health. The Kup-Murri enables the individual to reconnect with the four elements that maintain life and to celebrate and thank the creation spirits for looking after our culture, customs and spiritual beliefs.
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FIRE TEAM
The Fire Team responsible for the maintenance and supervision of the fire pit
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EARTH TEAM
The Earth Team ensure that all the meat and vegetables are marinated and securely wrapped
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WATER TEAM
The Water Team focus on hygiene and OHS
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WIND TEAM
The Wind Team set and decorates the table ready for feasting
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ALL TEAMS SING AND DANCE THE BIG MOTHER song to pay respect for the Mother earth and to thank her for providing our community with the four elements enable all of us to live happier stronger and longer.


7 comments

  1. Thankyou Uncle Phil First Cook! It has been a pleasure to meet you and I really enjoyed being able to help gathering and weaving for the Kup Murri, it was a strengthening process for many many people at the festival…thanks to all your teachers and my best wishes and love for the future journeys of healing and restoration of the good culture this earth deserves from us. Love and Peace Linda O. See u in the kitchen!!

  2. Thankyou Uncle Phil First Cook! It has been a pleasure to meet you and I really enjoyed being able to help gathering and weaving for the Kup Murri, it was a strengthening process for many many people at the festival…thanks to all your teachers and my best wishes and love for the future journeys of healing and restoration of the good culture this earth deserves from us. Love and Peace Linda O. See u in the kitchen!!

  3. Dad!!! love the website :) well done! you look very happy! and still crazy!! hahaha I miss you xoxoxo


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