Tjurunga: the story of stone age man. - Rev. ed.

Australia, 1972

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A central Australian journey was undertaken by the well-known naturalist, C. P. Mountford. On that journey he was accompanied by a group of Aborigines, who took him to their tribal lands and showed him the legendary rocks and caves and trees and streams, all of which are an integral part of the culture of the desert tribes. Mountford’s camera recorded on this journey some of the most beautiful country in the Australian continent - the lands of the original Australians. Companion to “Walkabout: a journey with the Aboriginals”. Originally filmed in 1946, revised in 1972.

This film, made in the Haast’s Bluff region, conatins ceremonial performances that are restricted and the film should not be screened without the express permission of the custodians.


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Australian National Film Board



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Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Australia, Central

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Dances

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Rites and ceremonies

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Deserts - Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indigenous peoples - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Voyages and travels

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Deserts - Australia


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → Aboriginal Australians - Antiquities

History → History

Music & Performing Arts → Aboriginal Australians - Dances

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia






16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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