Ways of thinking

Australia, 1990

Film
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In a remote Central Australian community, a young Warlpiri couple are in conflict. Jean Napanangka wants to stay with her people, but her husband, Alan Jungarrayi, wants to move to the town to find work. Jean fears if they leave, their children will lose their language, and, because theirs is an orally-transmitted culture, their traditional identity as well. When the white man arrived in Australia, there were at least 200 Aboriginal languages. Only 40 survive today. This video is a timely examination of the dilemma faced by Aboriginal people wanting to control the fate of their heritage.

Credits

producer/director

Digby Duncan

Language

English

Duration

00:29:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

37631

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Warlpiri language

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Language and culture

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Culture conflict

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Language and culture

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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