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Title Aeroplane Dance
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 60 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary On 1 December 1942, a US bomber called Little Eva was returning to base after a bombing raid over New Guinea. The plane hit a tropical storm and crashed at Moonlight Creek in the southeast corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in Australia's far north. The events that followed were recorded both in the journal of an American survivor and in a spectacular corroboree created by the Yanyuwa people who searched for Little Eva and her crew. Aeroplane Dance dramatises the Americans' struggle to survive in an unfamiliar land, a place they experienced as hostile and desolate. The Yanyuwa remember searching a land of plenty, a place peopled not only by the living but also by the spirits of their ancestors. In a rare performance of the corroboree, they evoke their experience of the crash and the ensuing hunt for survivors. Aeroplane Dance brings together American and Yanyuwa tales of war, with drama, song and dance. It is a film about survival, storytelling and the creation of legends. A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 1994
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Yanyuwa (Australian people) -- Australia -- Aboriginal people -- Social life and customs
Yanyuwa (Australian people) -- Australia -- Aboriginal people -- History
Songs -- Aboriginal Australian
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Borroloola Region -- Dances
Aircraft accidents -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Borroloola Region
World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Personal narratives, American.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Wositzky, Jan, Writer, Researcher
Graham, Trevor, Producer
Pozzan, Cristina, Co-producer
Meaney, Jenni, DOP/Cinematographer
Ten Eyck, Bill, Performer
Lord, Tamblyn, Performer
Wilton, Simon, Performer
Lanhams, Sean, Performer
Fletcher, Russell, Performer
McInnes, William, Performer
Norman, L. (Leonard), 1938- Performer
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