Title Details

Aborigines of the Sea Coast

A look at the lifestyle of the Aboriginal people living in Arnhem Land in 1948.
Year : 1950 | Total Duration : 19 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Director : Charles P Mountford |
Map of Australia, Arnhem Land, Yirrkala. Children playing on beach, canoes riding waves, dug out canoe pushed into sea and paddled away. VS children practising skills in small canoes, sailing model canoes. Boy blowing bubbles in water. VS indigenous men chopping into eucalypt and pulling complete bark sheet from trunk for making canoe. Two men making shelter. VS canoe making, soaking bark, building fire from rubbing sticks. Turtle hunters paddling dugout canoe, green backed turtles swimming, turtle harpooned, dragged into boat. Very good shots children drawing and sculpting animals, animal tracks in sand. VS children and babies. Men forming bark into roofing for wet weather shelter. Building, sewing and shaping bark canoe, caulking with sap. Child buried in sand. Return of turtle hunters, turtle onto stick fire, then stuffed. CU's children watching.
Access No. 148515 | 15 mins 34 secs | 1950s | Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Launching new canoe in river. VS family sitting under new shelter, preparing and grinding food, smoking pipes. Group of Aboriginal children on sand, boy playing didgeridoo, toddler dancing. Children emulating traditional dance, group watching from rock ledge. CUs boy playing didgeridoo. MS toddlers, faces together to camera. Family group eating together around smoking fire under bark shelter. Father climbing log support to rest under roof awning of shelter. Canoe on water at sunset.
Access No. 148594 | 3 mins 22 secs | 1950s | Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |