The Resource Tjanpi Nyawa! : look at the grass : central desert weavers, a film by Christiane Keller, (videorecording)

Tjanpi Nyawa! : look at the grass : central desert weavers, a film by Christiane Keller, (videorecording)

Label
Tjanpi Nyawa! : look at the grass : central desert weavers
Title
Tjanpi Nyawa!
Title remainder
look at the grass : central desert weavers
Statement of responsibility
a film by Christiane Keller
Title variation
Look at the grass
Title variation remainder
central desert weavers
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Cinematographer
Film director
Film producer
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Summary
In 2010 Dr Christiane Keller, Senior Curator for Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, involved the Tjanpi Desert Weavers from Warakurna in a research project investigating the sensory and material aspects of Aboriginal fibre work. The aim was to capture and communicate multi-sensory experiences of fibre-making processes. In April 2011 Dr Keller together with filmmaker Skye Raabe visited the ladies in Warakurna, and Tjanpi arts coordinator Jo Foster with the idea to make a film about the sensory experiences. The ladies demonstrate and discuss how they make their art and what are important aspects in the making process. Essentially it is hard work and grass is prickly and hard on their hands as are the needles. Colour plays an important role and is employed expertly to achieve vibrant and contrasting effects. Sculpture making in particular is a communal affair and inspiration for topics is often taken from current issues in the community or ancestral stories related to the sites visited. During the research the ladies depicted the story of the goanna man and his two wives in a set of three almost life-size grass figures. Several women worked together on one sculpture and the story was reiterated several times during the making process. Fibre workshops are always occasions for sharing skills and knowledge between generations as well as versed and less skilled artists. But they are also occasions for other cultural expressions. Some years ago the Tjanpi ladies from Amata developed an inma, a traditional song and dance about tjanpi fibre making. During the filming in Warakurna the ladies developed their own song and dance, an event of great significance and a legacy that will carry on for a long time
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QU
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director, co-producer, key researcher, stills: Dr. Christiane Keller ; Co-producer, camera, sound, post production advisory: Skye Raabe
Language note
In Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, and English with English subtitles
PerformerNote
Features: Belle Karrika Davidson, Carol Manyata Golding, Cynthia Burke, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Janine Nanapi Eddy, Jean Yinalunka Burke, Joyce Nyurapaya Maclean, Judith Yinkyika Chambers, Lena Palitja Dawson, Melva Arnita Davies, Molly Malungka Yates, Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson, Nellie Tjawina Roberts, Polly Pauwiya Jackson
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  • Keller, Christiane
  • Raabe, Skye
  • Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Runtime
26
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  • Tjanpi Desert Weavers
  • Grass weaving
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unknown
Label
Tjanpi Nyawa! : look at the grass : central desert weavers, a film by Christiane Keller, (videorecording)
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Publication
Control code
000049003127
Dimensions
4 3/4in.
Extent
1 digital videodisc (DVD) (26 min.)
Other physical details
sd., col.
System control number
(OCoLC)785096004
Label
Tjanpi Nyawa! : look at the grass : central desert weavers, a film by Christiane Keller, (videorecording)
Publication
Control code
000049003127
Dimensions
4 3/4in.
Extent
1 digital videodisc (DVD) (26 min.)
Other physical details
sd., col.
System control number
(OCoLC)785096004

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