Return to the dreaming

Australia, 1973

Please note

Sorry, we don't have images or video for this item.

Episode of Series “The Australian ark”.
Yirrawala, the great Aboriginal painter, takes his two sons who have grown up in the white man’s world back into Arnhem Land in an attempt to find the sacred caves and art galleries of his tribe. During the journey Yirrawala makes a bark painting in the traditional way and we see cave paintings never before recorded.

How to watch

Access to this work is restricted for legal or cultural reasons.

Learn more about accessing our collection


In ACMI's collection



Cecil Holmes


Robert Raymond

production company

Opus Films



Production places
Production dates

Appears in

The Australian ark

Group of items

The Australian ark


Collection metadata

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url= |title=Return to the dreaming |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=27 September 2023 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}