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1983, 48 Minutes

In 1976 a number of Aboriginal people left missions and settlements to return to live on their tribal lands, between the Daly River and Port Keats, in the far north of the Northern Territory.

Peppimenarti is a vast area of flood plains, rivers and forests. Its waters team with fish, its skies with birds. The Peppimenarti people began to convert this enormous tract of land into a cattle station. They brought in helicopters to muster the cattle that were already there, cattle so wild they easily escaped conventional muster by stockmen. They built yards, roads and houses and set up a store and a school. They also began to build up their ceremonial life.

Today it is a successful cattle station, run by Aboriginal people, and a permanent town of several hundred. The Peppimenarti story has become an inspiration to other Indigenous Australians.

A Leopardwood-Film Australia Co-production.
© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Australian Biography: Bill Harney


Writer/Director/Producer: Ron Iddon

Year: 1983

Running Time: 48 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Aboriginal Studies, Australian History, Business and Work, Cultural studies, Geography, SOSE/HSIE, Studies of Religion, Visual Arts, English.


SKU 198203200
Brand Film Australia

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