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Babakiueria
ABC
Imagine what it would be like if black settlers arrived to settle a continent inhabited by white natives? In 1788, the first white settlers arrived in Botany Bay to begin the process of white colonisation of Australia. But in Babakiueria, the roles are reversed in a delightful and light-hearted look…
Who We Are: Brave New Clan
Brave New Clan features six extraordinary young Australians who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of…
The 1905 Act and Personal Experiences
All other ECU programs are available on Kanopy Streaming. This program is intended as an introduction to Aboriginal culture, the experience of invasion and colonisation and the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to maintain their identity as the first people of this land. Against a backdrop of the account of…
Lousy Little Sixpence
In the mid-1930s, the Aboriginal people began to organise, and to fight the Aborigines Protection Board. Through old newsreels, archive film, photographs and interviews with Elders, the film weaves a moving account of a hidden history, the early struggle for Aboriginal land rights and self-determination. A meticulous study of how…
Mabo - Life of an Island Man
Mabo - Life of an Island Man is the story of a small island and an extraordinary man. Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, but lived most of his life in exile. Only after his death did the island wholeheartedly welcome him home. By…
This Is My Thinking
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
Daymbalipu Mununggurr was one of the most respected and influential leaders of the Yirrkala Aboriginal community. This film deals with his concerns during the tumultuous years when the Nabalco bauxite mine first came to the Gove Peninsula. In particular the film shows the quiet but strong way he communicated with…
We are the Landowner...That’s Why We’re Here
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
One of the most positive aspects of traditional Aboriginal Australia today is the outstation or clan homeland movement. Throughout central and northern Australia, groups have left the large centralised government settlements and church mission stations to form small communities on their own land. Yirrkala, in northeast Arnhem Land in the…
We Believe in It...We Know It’s True
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
When built in the 1960s, the mining town of Nhulunbuy had an instant population of about 4000, making it one of the largest towns in the Northern Territory. With the town came a hotel--and alcohol. The face of the Gove Peninsula--with its forests, swamps, rich coastline and sacred sites--was transformed…
Pain for This Land
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
In 1970 Ian Dunlop began a long-term film project with the Yolngu of Yirrkala for Film Australia. Pain for This Land is a general introduction to the Yirrkala Film Project. The film begins in 1970 with a village council meeting. Chairman Roy Dadaynga Marika explains how he envisages the film…
Hard Time Now...For the Children
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
Narritjin Maymuru, leader of the Manggalili clan, was one of the people Ian Dunlop worked with most closely during his long term film project at Yirrkala. This is a personal and sad film about Narritjin--artist, thinker, and passionate interpreter of the world through his Yolngu beliefs. Narritjin is sitting on…
Narritjin in Canberra
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
In 1978 Narritjin Maymuru and his son Banapana were awarded fellowships as Visiting Artists to the Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. For three months they and their families worked in their campus studio. In the film, Narritjin conducts a seminar for anthropology students. He explains…
From A Long Time Ago - Hollow Log Painting
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Macassan traders visited the north coast of Australia. They came to collect and process trepang, or sea cucumber, which they traded mainly to China. The Yolngu accepted the presence of these outsiders and in turn traded with them for metal tools, pipes and tobacco.…