Lunchtime special: eight ladies teach you how to catch and cook an echidna. Two lively recent short docos from the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, an invaluable vital force in contemporary First Nations culture.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2011
CAAMA, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, is a vital force in contemporary Aboriginal culture. (Samson & Delilah’s Warwick Thornton has long been associated.) Two recent half-hour CAAMA films cast fresh eyes on traditional subjects.
The Eight Ladies are from the Sandover River region about 250km north of Alice Springs. The filmmakers joined them on a five-day journey into the bush and learnt a thing or two about hunting echidna and gathering bush foods. As they sit around their campfire at night they talk about the old days and how much, and how little, life has changed.
Tales from the Daly combines resplendent images of the Daly River region in monsoon season with an enacted tale that has been told for generations to teach the young to be wary of nature’s treachery: the Wabuymem, a little grey spirit, lures curious children away from their grannies and into the tangled mass of the banyan tree, never to be seen again.