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Title First Footprints
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (4 video files, approximately 208 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary First Footprints is the untold story of humankind's original pioneers. New DNA evidence shows Aboriginal Australians were the first modern people out of Africa. To get to Australia from the shores of Asia they made the first open ocean crossing in history. Here they conducted the world's earliest burials with grave goods, etched the earliest depiction of the human face, engraved the world's first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies such as the returning boomerang. Australia is home to the oldest living cultures in the world. Over fifty thousand years ago, well before modern people reached America or dominated Europe, people journeyed to the planet's harshest habitable continent and thrived. That's a continuous culture stretching back ten times the antiquity of ancient Egypt. Across Australia there are millions of prehistoric paintings, engravings and archaeological sites. The continent is one giant canvass telling an epic story of endurance in the face of terrifying megafauna, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels. As the series travels through time we learn of the adaptations that enabled survival of the last ice age, which started 30,000 years ago. The knowledge of water sources, the spiritual and cultural knowledge enshrined in the law meant people were able to live through the ice age even in the driest and harshest environments. As sea levels rose from 15,000 years ago a quarter of the continent was flooded but the weather improved. A regular monsoon across the north led to cultural explosions and astounding art. The flooding of coastal plains created conflict over land and even pitched battles. Tasmania and New Guinea were separated from the mainland and diverse cultures developed all around the coast. In the centuries leading up to European contact over 200 nations and cultures covered the continent. All were managing the land to sustainably provide for their future. It was the biggest estate on earth. At all of the key sites a strong bond has developed between Aboriginal elders and archaeologists who share knowledge about the ancient past. For the first time on television the world's oldest oral stories, new archaeological discoveries, stunning rock art, a wealth of never seen before archival footage and cinematic CGI reveal the epic migrations, struggles to survive and technological breakthroughs made between 50,000 years ago and the arrival of Europeans in 1788
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Event Originally produced by Flame Distribution in 2013
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Adobe Flash Player
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- History.
Antiquities -- Aboriginal Australians -- Australia
Prehistoric peoples -- Australia -- Aboriginal Australians
Genre/Form History.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Bentley, Dean, Writer, director, Producer
Butler, Martin, Writer, director, Producer
Nehme, Tania, Editor
Dingo, Ernie, Narrator