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Title First Footprints: The Great Flood - 18,000 to 5,000 Years Ago - Ep 3 Of 4 / Director: Butler, Martin
Published Australia : ABC, 2013
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Summary *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died*From eighteen thousand years ago, melting polar ice caps began drowning 25% of Greater Australia. On the Nullarbor up to 100 kilometres of coast was swallowed every generation. The Wadi Nyi Nyi Dreaming Story of the Pitjantjatjara tells of this great flood and how the Ancestral Beings stopped it - possibly the oldest religious story in the world. Similar Dreaming stories are found all around Australia as revealed in the third episode of this four-part series.Across the north of Australia the warming weather brings a regular monsoon. In the Kimberley and Arnhem Land there were cultural explosions in art and technology. The astounding Gwion figures in the Kimberley and the dynamic art of Arnhem Land gives us a detailed insight into a rich life 12,000 years ago. Boomerangs were invented then discarded across the north, as trees replaced grassland. As rising seas flooded coastal plains, conflict and even pitched battles between groups of warriors appear in the art.The earliest battle scenes in the world are in Arnhem Land. Conflict over land appears to have led to the death of Narrabeen Man, the earliest evidence of ritual killing in Australia. His skeleton was found under a bus stop on Sydney's northern beaches. The rising seas filled a river valley to create Sydney Harbour, a rich environment when permanent occupation developed. New Guinea and Tasmania were permanently cut off. The isolation of the Tasmanians had profound consequences on diet, language and technology. PRODUCTION DETAILS:Produced, written and directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean of Contact Films
Event Broadcast 2013-07-28 at 21:25:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Material culture.
Boomerangs -- Aerodynamics.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Analysis.
Hunting, Prehistoric.
Rock paintings -- Deterioration.
Rock paintings -- Themes, motives.
Form Streaming video
Author Butler, Martin, director
Dean, Bently, director
Dingo, Ernie, cast
Cane, Scott, contributor
Grant, Fred, contributor
Groves, Colin P, contributor
Mangolamara, Sylvester, contributor
McDonald, Jo, contributor
Mowarin, Tyson, contributor
Mulvaney, Ken, contributor
Peumora, Albert, contributor
Hechinger, June Ross, contributor
Tacon, Paul, contributor
Underwood, Roy, contributor