Pitjiri: the snake that will not sink

Australia, 1985

Film
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In 1936 on a remote outpost in the Northern Territory, nine aboriginal elders appeared before Ruth Heathcock, a young white nurse who they believed was a member of their tribe before the Dreaming. What she later experienced in her healing work is the subject of this extraordinary documentary. A multi-award winning production.

Credits

producer/director

Karen Hughes

production company

Trikon Film Corporation

Language

English

Duration

00:48:35:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34490

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Legends

Aboriginal Australia → Heathcock, Ruth

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Awards

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Aboriginal Australians - Legends

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Reincarnation

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Healers

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Nursing

History → Aboriginal Australians - Legends

People → Heathcock, Ruth

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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