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Australia's aborigines

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Summary

  • Many anthropologists believe that Australia's indigenous traditions make up the oldest surviving culture in the world. At the heart of this culture is a robust oral tradition and a belief system based upon reverence for the land, and for the spiritual dimension known as the Dreamtime. Composed of several different groups, each with a distinct set of customs and traditions, the Australian Aborigines are nevertheless linked by many linguistic and cultural similarities. This classic program ushers viewers into their ancient culture as tribal elders transfer knowledge of the old ways to what may be the last traditional Aboriginal generation.

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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 28, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
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Contents

  • Gaguju Creation Myth (1:10) -- Aboriginal Myths (1:02) -- Harmonious World of the Aborigines (0:55) -- Cave Paintings of the Gaguju (1:04) -- Cave Paintings: Animals (1:05) -- Cave Paintings: World Art Treasures (0:57) -- Invasion of White Men (1:04) -- Aboriginal Elders (1:26) -- New Generation of Gaguju (1:06) -- Gaguju Painting Materials (1:06) -- Aboriginal Painter: Bark and Ochre (1:03) -- Australian Crocodiles (1:29) -- White-Breasted Sea Eagle (2:00) -- Lotus Bird (1:43) -- Birds of the Billabongs (2:05) -- Search for Food (1:30) -- Spirits in Nature (1:21) -- Australian Bowerbird (1:27) -- Aboriginal Rituals of Burning Grasslands (1:56) -- Bowerbird Nest Building (2:00) -- Australian Frilled Lizard (0:54) -- Aboriginal Song Cycles (1:44) -- Ancestral Bones (1:47) -- Kangaroos and Wallabies (1:03) -- Kangaroo Social Groups (0:34) -- Australian Bats (1:28) -- Forces of Darkness (1:14) -- Predator and Prey (1:16) -- Gecko and Adder (1:17) -- Diurnal and Nocturnal Animals (0:43) -- Hand Stencil on Rock (2:08) -- Season of Hot Winds (1:44) -- Kites and Eagles (1:28) -- Paintings of Animals (0:58) -- Aboriginal Children's Stories (1:48) -- Reemergence of Life (1:00) -- Passing on the Ancient Ways (1:20) -- Ceremonial Dance (0:57) -- Purpose of Ceremonies (1:09) -- Last of the Gaguju People (0:54)
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