• Short Summary

    Good footage of aboriginal people in the Central Australian Desert - they perform a ceremony.

  • Description

    The following material includes culturally restricted Aboriginal ceremonial material and should not be viewed within Aboriginl and Torres Strait Islander communities without the permission of the senior members of those communities.

    Full title reads: "Australia. Wild Man! ... filmed for the first time. Pathe Gazette - with these exclusive & sensational pictures - takes you to heart of the Central Australian Desert, to see & hear aboriginal man in his native state."

    Central Australian Desert, Australia.

    Australian aboriginal men in Western dress mount their camels in the desert landscape. The voiceover describes the aboriginals as prehistoric beings who have not progressed one degree since the dawn of creation.

    C/U of aboriginal man seated on the ground. Men on camels approaching through the scrub.

    Back view of naked aboriginal standing with stick and with boomerang. Group of aborigines walk through the scrub.

    Two groups of aboriginal men come together in the bush. The move around each other in some kind of traditional dance - the voice over describes its 'barbaric glamour'.

    A group of men bang on the ground with sticks as part of some traditional ceremony. Good C/Us of some of the tribesmen show signs of ritual scars on their bodies. Good scenes of body painting or decoration.

    Sound now cuts to let us hear the chanting of the aboriginal men during their ceremony - corroboree - the sound is not too clear. Several of them are decorated with eagle feathers.

    NB. Interesting footage - if it weren't for the politically incorrect Australian voiceover comments.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:50:00 / 01:15:08:00

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