The Resource Granites expedition, produced by H.K. Fry and C.P. Mountford for University of Adelaide Board for Anthropological Research

Granites expedition, produced by H.K. Fry and C.P. Mountford for University of Adelaide Board for Anthropological Research

Label
Granites expedition
Title
Granites expedition
Statement of responsibility
produced by H.K. Fry and C.P. Mountford for University of Adelaide Board for Anthropological Research
Contributor
Subject
Summary
  • Reel 1 - A map of the expedition route is shown. The expedition vehicles travel from Alice Springs to the Granites; vegetation and views of the landscape are shown. A European man with a group of Aboriginal labourers operates a drilling rig, perhaps in search of water. Manufacturing a spear point from a glass botlle. The shaping is done by pressure flaking followed by biting. Further flaking using his instep as an anvil. The finished spear point is shown to a friend. A short piece of branch is used for the purposes of a demonstartion showing the mounting of the spear point. The branch is straightened with the foot after heating in a fire; the bark is removed. A cleft is made in the branch in which to fix the point. The man chews kangaroo tendons. The moistened kangaroo tendon and Triodia gum, which has been heated, are used to fix the point in place. Ochres and charcoal are mixed with saliva in a spearthrower to make a paint to decorate the spear. Rock engravings are produced by pounding the surface of the rock with a stone. The marks represent the tracks of the bustard or bush turkey (Eopodotis). Other engravings represent the male and female ancestral snake figures. Ochres are ground on a grindstone to prepare paints. A man decorates a wooden dish; applying the base colour with his fingers and using a brush to paint a design. Captions in the film point out that women cannot see the design which represents the camps of two ancestral beings. The finished dish is shown to the camera and the man applies the excess ochre to his body and hair. The next sequence shows painting on a rock surface with ochre. The design represents the footprints and tail track of the ancestral possum being
  • Reel 2 - A fire is made by the friction (drill method). A large area of Triodia grass are lighted to signal neighbouring Aborigines. Pitjuri, a chewing tobacco, is made, in this instance not from Dubosia sp. but from Nicotiana benthamiana.a true tobacco which grows in the Granites outcrops. The bushes are collected. Ash is obtained by burning Acacia leaves. The ash is mixed with the leaves which is chewed into a quid. A man demonstrates boomerang throwing which is also shown in slow motion. Fire is made by the saw method. A log is split with the edge of a boomerang. The split is wedged open and filled with dry grass. Two men saw a spearthrower across the log. The heat from the friction results in smouldering wood dust which is placed on dry grass and bark and leaves are added. Three men lead expedition members to the dreaming site of the ancestral possum. The men climb inside and sing the related songs and then explain the ceremonial meanings of the weather stains on the rocks, including the footprint of the possum. A demonstration of hand signs representing various animals is given. Some of the animal's tracks are made by one of the men
  • Reel 3 - Boys search through the Triodia scrub for small game. Dug from its burrow a lizard (Amphibolarus sp.) is cooked on a fire of twigs and eaten. The boys then drink from a small rockpool. Snake cooking and eating; the viscera of a snake is removed by extraction through the anus. The snake is dragged over the ashes of a fire, the vertebrae are then broken. Roasted in the fire it is then cleaned and eaten. The snake's fat is smeared over the man's body. A woman collects berries from a bush then removes a piece of bark from a Eucalyptus tree with a wooden digging stick to serve as a coolamon. The shape of the dish is refined with the teeth. She collects grass seeds and grinds them with her heel to remove the husks and then winnows the seeds in the dish. Tipping the seeds onto a grindstone she uses the dish to make a shallow depression in the earth. Placing the dish in the depression she uses it as a base on which to rest the grindstone. The seeds are ground and mixed with water from a large tin can. The meal is placed in a depression in the ashes and cooked. A fire of Triodia stalks is lit above the meal to harden its surface. The cooked damper is removed from the ashes, cleaned and placed back in the dish to cool
  • Reel 4 - Tjungarai makes hair string (Jumaru) and a pubic tassel (Mudjari). The string is spun by twirling a spindle bobbin forwards on the thigh. The beginning and the end of the string are brought together and the double thread wound into a ball. The double thread is spun into twine. Note that the direction of the twist is reversed. The twine is wound into a small skein. Each loop of this is removed and rolled forwards on the thigh to make one strand of the tassel, the direction of the twist being reversed once more. The tassel is smoothed and flattened by the addition of perspiration from Tjungarai's body, beating with a stick and use of the teeth
  • Reel 5 - Records a black currant ceremony (Panba Jarandinji) at the Granites. A ground painting is created and sacred emblems are displayed and bodies decorated. Totemic ceremonies are performed before young initiates
Cataloging source
AIAS
Credits note
Producers, H.K. Fry and C.P. Mountford
Date of event
1936 August 6-27
Date time place
Filmed in
Information about documentation
  • Lamshed, M. (1972) 'Monty':the biography of C.P. Mouhntford, Rigby, Adelaide. p.49-55.
  • 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
PerformerNote
J.B. Cleland; T.H. Johnston; Henry K. Fry; Charles P. Mountford; H.M. Hale; E. Couper Black; Olive Pink
Place of event
the Granites, N.T.,
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1886-1959
  • 1890-1976
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Fry, H. K.
  • Mountford, Charles P.
  • University of Adelaide
Label
Granites expedition, produced by H.K. Fry and C.P. Mountford for University of Adelaide Board for Anthropological Research
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
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Distribution
Note
  • Not digitised ; no access copies
  • Viewing copies not available ; not yet archived
  • Durations: 12 min., 9 min., 10 min., 7 min., 14 min
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0002042
Dimensions
16mm
Extent
5 film reels (approximately 78 min., approximately 2000 ft.)
Immediate source of acquisition
South Australian Museum
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
  • No form
  • Copies held at V03029_1-5 and V04404-V04405
Other physical details
silent, black and white;
Stock number
SAM_011 (FC00685_1-5)
Terms governing use
Copyright restrictions may apply
Label
Granites expedition, produced by H.K. Fry and C.P. Mountford for University of Adelaide Board for Anthropological Research
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Distribution
Note
  • Not digitised ; no access copies
  • Viewing copies not available ; not yet archived
  • Durations: 12 min., 9 min., 10 min., 7 min., 14 min
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0002042
Dimensions
16mm
Extent
5 film reels (approximately 78 min., approximately 2000 ft.)
Immediate source of acquisition
South Australian Museum
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
  • No form
  • Copies held at V03029_1-5 and V04404-V04405
Other physical details
silent, black and white;
Stock number
SAM_011 (FC00685_1-5)
Terms governing use
Copyright restrictions may apply

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