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Outback House - Aboriginal bush foods

Imagine leaving your home and travelling back over 150 years to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work like an 1860s station. Witness the excitement as two visitors from the local Wiradjuri nation arrive at the ...

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Bush food

Food plays an important role in constructing ideas about cultural identity. This clip explores how the recent growth of interest in 'bush tucker' is generating greater understanding of Aboriginal peoples' cultural identities.

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'Dreaming at Kamparrarrpa' (Kampurarrpa) by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976

This is an acrylic painting that depicts five large waterholes and 16 women's camps. As part of their ceremonies the women re-create, in song and ritual, the activities of various ancestral beings. Designs representing each ancestor are applied to the bodies of the participants. The name Kampurarrpa refers both to a place ...

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'Kampurrarrpa' (Kampurarrpa) by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976

This acrylic painting depicts Kampurarrpa, a site where a large group of women camped and performed ceremonies in the Dreaming. The concentric circles indicate the women's camps, and the straight lines are their wana (digging sticks). The women are represented by the U shapes, which mimic their seated marks in the sand ...

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Warlpiri, c1993: 'Little baby one'

The clip shows Indigenous women in Puyurra country in central Australia teaching the younger women how to collect bush potatoes. The women, including one with a child on her shoulders, walk through the bush as one of the older women identifies a vine and digging begins. In real time and showing the physical effort involved ...

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Merrepen, 2005: The other side of the river

This clip shows Marrfurra, a local artist, talking about the history and the present-day life of the Nauiyu Nambiyu community (formerly known as the Daly River Mission) in the Northern Territory. There is footage of the Daly River, and women collecting bush tucker and working in the Merrepen Arts Centre. Marrfurra talks ...

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Aboriginal shell midden at Weipa in 1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of a shell midden, a mound of mollusc and crustacean shells piled high, taken at Weipa in Queensland in 1958. It shows a man standing on the sloping side of the midden.

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Trepang (sea cucumber, beche-de-mer), 1974

This is a colour photograph of four trepang (also known as sea cucumbers or beche-de-mer) taken at low tide in 1974.

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Indigenous Australians hunting kangaroos, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.7 cm watercolour of a hunter poised to throw a spear at one of a number of kangaroos; he is lying on his front behind a fallen tree, his head and chest raised and his right arm stretching back ready to throw the spear from a spear thrower. Four other hunters wait behind trees in the distance with ...

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Indigenous Australians spearing eels, c1817

This is a 17.6 cm x 27.7 cm watercolour of two men spearing fish in a river. One has caught an eel on his four-pronged spear. The landscape is heavily vegetated with mountains in the distance and there are rocky outcrops on either side of the river. Large trees frame the image.

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Indigenous Australians hunting black swans, c1817

This is a 17.5 cm x 27.7 cm watercolour of Indigenous Australian people hunting black swans among reeds near the water's edge of a large river. One man is holding a bird that is trying to escape and three people are spearing birds. At least four other people are almost fully obscured by the reeds. The river is surrounded ...

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Two Indigenous Australians hunting emus, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.8 cm watercolour of two Indigenous Australian men hunting emus, with one man about to throw a spear using a woomera, or spear thrower. The birds are grazing on a grassy plain in the middle distance to the right of the picture, and the men are screened from them by large rocks and scrub. In the distance ...

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Indigenous Australians gathering seafood, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 28 cm watercolour of Indigenous Australian people and their canoes on the New South Wales north coast. In the foreground three people are spearing fish, while one sits on the rocks watching an underwater swimmer and a person diving off the rocks. Another person walks from the water carrying two crayfish, ...

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'Follow the sun', 1938 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary with soundtrack entitled 'Follow the sun'. It was made on the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, by Australian filmmaker Frank Hurley in 1938. The excerpt features Indigenous Australian men fishing. The sequence opens with a man spearing fish from rocks on the shoreline, ...

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Two worker honey-pot ants resting in the nest

This is a black-and-white photograph of two worker honey-pot ants ('Camponotus inflatus') resting in the nest, showing their swollen abdomens where they store nutrients for the colony. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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'Fishing for upokororo', 1922

This is a black-and-white photograph of two Mäori men at work with two hïnaki (fish traps) capturing upokororo (grayling, 'Prototroctes oxyrhynchus') on the Waipu River on the east coast of the North Island in 1922. The photograph shows a low dam that has been built across the stream to divert its flow and direct the fish ...

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Two worker honey-pot ants

This is a colour photograph of two worker honey-pot ants ('Camponotus inflatus') known as repletes. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Witjuti grub

This is a colour photograph of a witjuti grub ('Endoxyla leucomochla') on wood. The head region of the grub is shown. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Cossidae.)

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Moth of the witjuti grub

This is a colour photograph of a male witjuti moth ('Endoxyla leucomochla') on bare ground. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Cossidae.)

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'Catching crocodiles', 1933 - asset 6

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film about shooting and trapping crocodiles in the north of Australia in 1933. It was filmed and directed by Noel Monkman. A soundtrack of strings playing Mozart backs the commentary. A shot of two crocodile mud baths cuts to a man uncovering a crocodile nest to expose the eggs. ...