FEDERAL POLITICIANS HAVE HAD THEIR FACES PAINTED WITH GOLDEN OCHRE DURING AN INDIGENOUS SMOKING CEREMONY AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE.

August 30, 2016

It was part of a ceremonial opening to the 45th Parliament in Canberra on Tuesday.

Indigenous elder Tina Brown, dressed in a possum skin cloak and traditional decorations, led a procession of children, representing wedgetail eagles, shaking small tree branches in a women's welcome dance to cleanse the spirit.

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