Aboriginal Culture As Told By Videos

So, this assignment has us seeking videos of whatever indigenous culture we selected and, seeing as how I picked Aboriginal Australians, that’s the group of people I had to seek out. It was easier said than done, seeing as how one of them had to be emic. It was pretty hard to dig up a video of Aboriginal Australians talking about their own culture, but I managed it. Unfortunately, it was a  video intended for children. It was the best I could find, though. The second video was easier to find since there are apparently five bajillion documentaries about Aboriginal Australians. Here we go:

Video #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQvBxf1Y0Vw

This video was made by the Aboriginal Australians themselves. In the video, they hope to extend a sort of welcoming hand to Australian children of European descent by speaking about their culture directly from the source. Within the twenty minutes of video, the Aboriginal Australians provide demonstrations of their harvesting/gathering of food and the preparation of the food itself. Included are also snippets of dancing and daily life in general in Aboriginal Australian communities. This video was made in 1992, which makes it over twenty years old, but I literally didn’t have much to work with here. They haven’t made many videos themselves. The authority speaking to us is beyond reproach, coming directly from the proverbial horse’s mouth: Mangiwa Sagiba is an Aboriginal Australian from Warruwi (in Darwin, Australia) gives an explanation of what goes on in Aboriginal Australian life, and why. The copyright is a standard Youtube license and I obviously own no rights to the material.

Video #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HypNVcsozDE

The second video I found was much easier to dig up. There is no shortage of documentaries and videos focused on the Aboriginal Australians and their way of life.  This video focuses on more martial matters. In this documentary, Aboriginal Australian men craft boomerangs and fishing spears. Fishing spears have been a staple of humanity for centuries before the Aboriginal Australians landed in their home of Australia, but the boomerang is something unique to them. It is a weapon of war, and a means by which meat is required. They are masterfully crafted, and skillfully thrown. The manner in which a people acquire food and defend their territory are always high on the totem pole of cultural identity. This video was released by PlanetDoc documentaries on July 22, 2014. The copyright is the standard Youtube License.

Tags: Aboriginal Australians, Culture, Boomerangs, Food


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