1981, 40 Minutes
Narritjin Maymuru is leader of the Manggalili clan of northeast Arnhem Land.
Filmed in 1971, this documentary shows the daily life of Narritjin and his family at a camp in the bush where Narritjin and other senior men are making dug-out canoes. It is a few miles from Yirrkala Mission, where Narritjin and his family live.
The area where Narritjin is working is owned by a different clan, and discussions are held between Narritjin and the traditional owners over the use of trees for canoe making.
The canoes which we see Narritjin and his clan make are possibly the last dug-out canoes to have been made in Arnhem Land.
A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director: Philip Robertson
Producer: Ian Dunlop
Cinematographer: Dean Semler
Featured People: Narritjin Maymuru, Nungayukka, Yama Mununggirritj
Running Time: 40 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Indigenous Studies, Studies of Religion, Legal Studies, Society & Culture, SOSE/HSIE, Australian History, English, Media, Performing & Visual Arts. Teachers notes and background material are included.