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Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Full Circle
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'This beautifully photographed portrait of the life of Aboriginal cattle men in the Northern Territory was filmed at Robinson River Station in 1986.'

'The station today is owned by the Aboriginal community, providing a base for the community’s future. Elder stockmen at the station such as “Ten Dollar” Don Rory and Johnson Charlie talk about their past experiences with white settlers and the community memory of Aboriginal people being shot by white men. From this violent beginning, the Aboriginal men came to work for the white station owners – sometimes trading labour for food. As one says, it was “just like slaving, working for bread and beef”.'

'The station is on Garawa land and today the Garawa men have a strong identity as “number one” cattle men. Against the background of the annual muster, their stories are woven together to give a rich portrait of their way of life, their pride in their work and their close connection to Garawa country and Garawa culture.'

'The annual Borroloola rodeo is another place for their skills with horses and cattle to be displayed. The excitement of the rodeo and the rough riding contests is strikingly captured by the filmmakers.'

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Language: English , Aboriginal Garrwa AIATSIS ref. (N155) (NT SE53-08). Garrwa has two dialects Garrwa proper and gunindirri (also known as Eastern Garrwa) Source: Austlang database)
English and Garawa language (some subtitles)
      1987 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 20 minsp.
      Series: AIATSIS Collection Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies , collection

      'The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (later AIATSIS – the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) was established as a statutory authority in 1964. The Institute quickly established a film unit to act as an archive of filmed material and also to record material of ethnographic and historic significance. Part of this work also involved the preparation of films for public release, and until the early 1990s, the AIAS Film Unit became responsible for some of the most significant works of ethnographic film then produced in Australia. This collection of some thirty significant documentary works will be progressively released by Ronin Films in association with AIATSIS, where possible in re-mastered form and with associated interviews with filmmakers.' (Source: Ronin Films website)

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