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Aborigines of Arnhem Land, Australia
Description: A documentary about the aborigines in Arnhem Land, Australia
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Clip #: TFA-348B
Length: 12:50
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Australia
Country: Australia
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
1950s, Australia, Arnhem Land, Aborigines, Aboriginal people, Aboriginals, Indigenous people, waves rolling onto beach, men and boys paddling canoes and playing in water, man using axes to chop bark from eucalyptus trees, men building canoe from eucalyptus tree bark, bark being soaked, man rubbing sticks together to make fire in dried grass, steam permeating wet bark and making it pliable, men driving stakes into wood to create boat shape and using split lawyer vine to stitch ends together, tree sap used to caulk bow and stern, men carrying canoe to water and paddling away, children walking on beach, young boy blowing bubbles in water, boy building toy boat using twisted strands of hibiscus, children getting into junior sized canoe and spilling over, men pushing dugout canoe into water and paddling out in search of sea turtles, man spearing sea turtle and pulling out of water, men carrying sea turtle onto beach, men sharing wooden smoking pipe, man climbing into top story of hut to sleep while children sitting around fire tended by wife, aerial coast, man / boy climbing on rocks, expedition backed by Australian government, seaplane landing on water, man and boys helping expedition member carry supplies from seaplane, anthropologists recording Aboriginals speaking in native language, botanist collecting leaf specimens in between sheets of newspaper, ichthyologist making quick color sketches as soon as fish are caught before color fades, ornithologist photographing bird specimens, children bringing spiny anteater to zoologist, echidna, entomologist climbing side of sandstone cliff to look at colony of termites, Tableland interior, lagoon water lilies, Australian lotus bird, long-necked freshwater tortoise, turtle, rock python, monitor lizard, anthropologist making cast of aboriginal man’s face, man using juice of orchid bulb and brushes made from chewed strips of bark or vine to paint pictures on bark, bark painting, children learning hunting skills by watching boy draw various animal tracts in sand, boy drawing hunter symbol in sand, traditional ceremony with man playing hollow log drum and men painted with symbols of ancestral beings performing traditional dances, aboriginal men helping expedition scientists load supplies back onto boat as they return back to laboratories, boy waving goodbye

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