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Desert People
Desert People was shot in 1965 in the Gibson Desert of the Australian Western Desert. There was still a handful of family groups perhaps three or four, living a nomadic hunter-food gatherer life, somewhere in the heart of the desert.…
Remembering Yayayi - The History of Pintupi
Remembering Yayayi reflects on a pivotal moment in the history of Pintupi people through a body of archival film. In 1974, filmmaker Ian Dunlop visited Yayayi, a remote community in Central Australia. The Pintupi people had recently moved there to…
Singing in the Rain - Yirrkala in 1974
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
1974 was a troubled time for the Yirrkala community. The Gove bauxite mine, on its doorstep, had been operating for four years. The effects of alcohol, from the newly built mining town of Nhulunbuy, were causing grave concern to the…
Seed Cake Making and General Camp Activity
A general introduction to the series "People of the Australian Western Desert", shot in 1965 with Djagamara and his family at Badjar and Minma and his family at Tika Tika and Yalara, in the Gibson Desert area of the Western…
One Man’s Response
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
This film records the reaction of one clan leader, Narritjin Maymuru, to the coming of the Gove bauxite mine. In mid-1971 Narritjin held a mortuary ceremony at Yirrkala in memory of several relatives. He opened this ceremony to visitors from…
Spear-Thrower Making Including Stone Flaking and Gum Preparation
A man of the Western Desert makes a spear thrower (or Woomera), he cuts the wood from a mulga tree and shapes it with a metal axe. He prepares spinifex gum, flakes a stone blade, and sticks the stone (for…
Madarrpa Funeral at Gurka’wuy
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
In 1976, Ian Dunlop was invited by Dundiwuy Wanambi, a leader of the Marrakulu clan, to Gurka'wuy on Trial Bay in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He wanted Film Australia to record the first major Marrakulu ceremony to be held at…
Cooking Kangaroo
A kangaroo has been shot. A man of the Western Desert guts it using the stone in the handle of his spear-thrower. After singeing off the fur in a blazing fire. The kangaroo is cooked in a trench covered with…
Dances at Aurukun
This film is a record of traditional Aboriginal dancing at Aurukun Mission on Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. Filmed in 1962 for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, it showcases and preserves Wik ritual dances and ceremonies at…
Balloons and Spinifex
In the 1950s, Giles Weather Station was established in the Australian outback, on the edge of the Gibson Desert, 750 kilometres from Alice Springs, near the border of West and South Australia. The area south of Rawlinson Range had long…
Old Camp Sites at Tika Tika - Mending a Cracked Dish - Quandong Medical
In three separate sequences - An old deserted camp site in the Western Desert; A woman mends a cracked wooden dish with spinifex gum; A woman demonstrates the preparation of a headache lotion from Quandong fruit.
Spear Making - Boys’ Spear Fight
In two separate sequences - A man of the Western desert demonstrates spear making, he uses a mulga tree for the shaft and shapes it with a metal axe. His sons play at spear fighting with toy spears.
In Memory of Mawalan
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
In 1971 Wandjuk Marika organised a Djang'kawu ceremony at Yirrkala. It was to be a memorial for his father, Mawalan, who died in 1967. Mawalan had been the highly respected head of the Rirratjingu clan, for whom the Djang'kawu are…
Fire Making
Two boys of the Western Desert make fire. They gather dry kangaroo dung, crumble it and put it in a cup of dry grass which they stuff into a crack in a dead log of wood. They rub a spear-thrower…
A Family Moves Camp and Gathers Food
A nomadic family of the Western Desert moves from Yalara camp to Tika Tika camp a days walk away. On the way they gather fruit, grass seed, lizards and a rabbit eared bandicoot. After making camp and getting water from…
Making a Wira
A man of the Western Desert cuts a section of wood from a tree for making into a digging dish or wira. He starts by using the hand chopper he has made, but after a time changes to a metal…
Mamu
Two men of the Western Desert chase amamu or evil spirit out of camp. Both men are mapantjara, men who have the power to remove powerful bones or stones from their stomachs and use them for medicine and dealing with…
Kangaroo Cooking at Kunapural
A man of the Western Desert cooks a kangaroo according to Western Desert custom and then divides it into its various cuts using stone and wooden tools. Children get water from a well in a rocky area using wooden dishes.
Marrakulu Funeral - Yirrkala 1974
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
This film is a record of the funeral ceremony for a Marrakulu clan leader at Yirrkala in 1974. Through Marrakulu, Rirratjingu and Djapu clan songs and dances the body of the leader is taken on both a spiritual journey to…
Gum Preparation - Stone Flaking - Djagamara Leaves Badjar
Daily life and technology of nomadic Aborigines of the Western Desert. A man prepares gum from spinifex, which is used as a general purpose cement, he strikes stone flakes for tools. He leaves his camp at Badjar.