The Spear in the stone

Australia, 1983

Film
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In 1981 two aboriginal craftsmen invited scientists to accompany them on a journey to Ngilibitji, a renowned stone quarry in their traditional land in eastern Arnhem Land. They wished to visit it to teach three younger men their skills. The film follows their journey and reveals something of their view of the “life within the stone” and their care for their land.

Credits

production company

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Duration

00:35:15:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

33734

Language

English

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Implements

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Kinship

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Land tenure

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Social life and customs

Aboriginal Australia → Archaeology - Australia

Aboriginal Australia → Arnhem Land (N.T.)

Aboriginal Australia → Art, Aboriginal Australian

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Arnhem Land (N.T.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Description and travel

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art, Aboriginal Australian

Crafts & Visual Arts → Stone carving

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

History → Archaeology - Australia

Places → Arnhem Land (N.T.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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