Baniyala - 1974


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1996, 58 Minutes

An archival record film of life at the small Madarrpa clan settlement of Bäniyala on Blue Mud Bay, some 200 kilometres south of Yirrkala.

The film is in two parts.

The first part covers everyday events at Bäniyala. The settlement's first corrugated iron house is built. A water resources team discuss with clan head Wakuthi Marawili and his son Miniyawany the problem of trying to find a site for a fresh water bore. We see the little school, a plane arrives, women get water from a leech-infested lagoon, a group fishes at a nearby river.

In the second part, Wakuthi Marawili takes the Bäniyala men and the film unit on a ceremonial walk to important sites around Bäniyala, including a great Yingapungapu (an oval-shaped "sand pit") ceremonial ground. He then delivers, in Yolngu, a lecture about the significance of what we have seen and about his clan history.

No documentation or translation is included in this archival record, but the first part is self explanatory with much of the dialogue in English.

A Film Australia National Interest Program produced in association with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer/Director/Co-Writer: Ian Dunlop

Featured People: Wakuthi Marawili

Year: 1996

Running Time: 58 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Indigenous Studies; Studies of Religion; Legal Studies - Contesting laws: Heritage, culture and land; SOSE/HSIE; Australian History - of particular relevance for NSW History Stage 5, Topic 6 'Changing Rights and Freedoms' Section A: Aboriginal Peoples - Change over Time; NSW History Stage 4 'Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History: What has been the nature and impact of colonisation on Aboriginal, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?'; English; Performing & Visual Arts. Teachers’ notes and background material are included.

SKU 200790117
Brand Film Australia

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