The Sharkcallers of Kontu

Australia, 1982

Film
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In a few villages on the west coast of Papua New Guinea a handful of men still practise the ancient ritual of sharkcalling. Colonisation and economic exploitation is slowly bringing to a close this spectacular and dangerous ritual. Dennis O’Rourke lived with the people to learn about sharkcalling and to understand the forces affecting their culture. Edited by Stewart Young. Photographed by Dennis O’Rourke and Chris Owen.

Credits

producer/director

Dennis O'Rourke

production company

Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies

O'Rourke and Associates Filmakers

Language

English

Duration

00:54:15:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34468

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Fishes

Animals & Wildlife → Sharks

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Ethnology - Papua New Guinea

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Rites and ceremonies

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Imperialism

History → History

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Fishing

Places → Papua New Guinea

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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