The Resource Aboriginal Stone Axes

Aboriginal Stone Axes

Label
Aboriginal Stone Axes
Title
Aboriginal Stone Axes
Title variation
Aspects of Aboriginal Life in Central Australia
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Summary
A demonstration of the use of an unfashioned stone as axe to chop tree and anthill; the process of preliminary shaping by knapping is shown. Two men go to a quarry site where a boomerang is used to dig in search of a suitable flake. A blank is made by trimming to the flake to a rough shape with a hammerstone. The edge of the blank is then ground on a boulder. Some shaping by knapping is done and the edge is further ground. The ground edge axe head is then mounted into a wooden handle, which has been trimmed with a stone-bladed adze (partardi) and split at one end with a wedge. Gum from a bloodwood tree is ground on stone with saliva and water; and used to seal the axe head into a split. Spinifex gum (palya) is heated and applied to the mounting; hair string is used as a binding and is worked into the gum with a fire stick. The handle is painted with ochre mixed with water and the completed axe is tested on a tree trunk
Cataloging source
AIAS
Credits note
Director, T.D. Campbell; cinematographer, M.J. Barrett; narrator, J.G. Cornell
Date time place
Film in
Information about documentation
  • Jones, P. (1987) 'South Australian anthropological history: the Board for Anthropological Research and its early expeditions', Records of the South Australian Museum, 20:71-92.
  • Not auditioned
Place of event
Yuendumu, N.T.,
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1893-1967
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Campbell, T. D.
  • University of Adelaide
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Aboriginal Australians
Label
Aboriginal Stone Axes
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Instantiates
Production
Note
Digital access copies
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0001961
Dimensions
16 mm
Extent
1 film reel (approximately 10 min., approximately 400 feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
South Australian Museum
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
  • No form
  • Use caution before screening tape, as restricted items appear on compiled tapes of short films. There is an edited tape that contains this item only for access purposes. Timecode: 01:13:35 - 01:23:30.
  • Copy held at V03452_11
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Label
Aboriginal Stone Axes
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Production
Note
Digital access copies
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0001961
Dimensions
16 mm
Extent
1 film reel (approximately 10 min., approximately 400 feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
South Australian Museum
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
  • No form
  • Use caution before screening tape, as restricted items appear on compiled tapes of short films. There is an edited tape that contains this item only for access purposes. Timecode: 01:13:35 - 01:23:30.
  • Copy held at V03452_11
Other physical details
sound, colour;

Library Locations

    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
      -35.292556 149.118617
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