The Resource The Stolen Canoe

The Stolen Canoe

Label
The Stolen Canoe
Title
The Stolen Canoe
Title variation
Dreamtime - stolen canoe
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the Dreamtime the Bandicoot people lived by the sea, Bungaroas was a bandicoot man and a good hunter and all he caught would be shared because that was law. He was happy because no bandicoot people were selfish. Alimina the Starfish man also lived in that country. Alimina lived alone he had a canoe and in it he would travel wherever he wanted. That's how Alimina liked to live because he was a greeedy selfish man. One day Bungaroas was fishing and Alimina as usual shouted an insult at Bungaroas. Bungaroas tried to spear Alimina but it was no good Alimina was in his canoe too far away for Bungaroas spear. Bungaroas thought about the Starfish man. Alimina's selfishness was a poison that could infect all of the Bandicoot people. Bungaroas formed a plan to do something about alimina. A Starfish man would never trust a Bandicoot man. The next day when Alimina paddled over he saw the bandicoot men arguing over a fish. When Bungaroas camped that night he hoped that Alimina would visit to share the fish. Alimina steped carefully into the firelight, Bungaroas knew his plan was working. Alimina was suspicious, the people offered him to sit and share his fish. Bungaroas told Alimina it was his fish he caught it. Alimina thought well I made my canoe and it's mine. Bungaroas said we are both the same, so you share my fish. Alimina left the camp early before Bungaroas woke. Bungaroas thought I'll see you again. Then Alimina returned with turtle eggs to share with Bungaroas. they would meet at night and share stories and slowly Alimina began to trust Bungaroas. Each time Alimina appeared Bungaroas would have gifts for him. they became so friendly that Alimina would let Bungaroas help him with his canoe. Never before had a bandicoot man ever touched the canoe of a Starfish man. This time Alimina visited by day and brought nice fruits. Now it was time for the next part of Bungaroas plan. Pretending to be tired Bungaroas suggested they rest for a while, the canoe was left on the beach. Creeping down to the beach, Bungaroas dragged the canoe back to the sea. When Alimina woke Bungaroas was back in then came. Then alimina realised the boat was gone. They saw the canoe floating out of the shore. Bungaroas dived into the water and swam out and got the canoe and brought it back to the beach. Alimina was over joyed and called Bungaroas his best friend for saving his canoe. Bungaroas knew his plan was working. Alimina offered to take Bungaroas in his canoe to Alinmina's special island where no bandicoot man had never been. Bungaroas had wormed his way so far into Alimina's confidence that he thought he would not just get Alimina's canoe but his Island as well. Bungaroas thought if only you new starfish man. Alimina felt safe on his Island he thought no one would steal his canoe here, so he decided to show Bungaroas how he can catch the biggest fish. Bungaroas and alimina returned to camp and ate the fish. When they laid down for a rest Bungaroas knew that his plan would succeed. When Alimina fell asleep Bungaroas dragged the canoe down to the water jumped in it and paddled out to sea. Overcome with anger and rage Alimina plunged into the sea, but starfish men cannot swim. With one last deseparate trick Alimina changed into a starfish and his spirit followed that canoe. Burglo laughed and laughed but the Starfish spirit was right behind. No one knows what really happened but today there is a rock in that place that looks just like an over turned canoe. Some say that Bungaroas is still trapped under there, for Bungaroas had broken nature's law and nature never fails to punish. Alimina is still close by in the form of a starfish watching over that stolen canoe
Member of
Cataloging source
AIAS
Credits note
Producer, Robin James; camera, [Mike Ganting] and Colin Hertzog; editor, Kim Cardow; sound, Mel Radford; script, Bruce Murphy
Date of event
1986 December 2
Date time place
Filmed in
PerformerNote
  • Tony Hopkins; Terry Thompson
  • Narrated by Belza Lowah
Place of event
Australia,
Label
The Stolen Canoe
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Digital access copies
Carrier category
videocassette
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0000575
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 videocassette (15 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
No form
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Stock number
JAMES_R002 (V00831_1)
Label
The Stolen Canoe
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Publication
Note
Digital access copies
Carrier category
videocassette
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0000575
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 videocassette (15 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
No form
Other physical details
sound, colour;
Stock number
JAMES_R002 (V00831_1)

Library Locations

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